Here’s a creative flightpath:
That’s a real, live route taken by an airplane over Texas on Sunday, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware. It took off from the West Houston Airport in Harris County, flew around for 2 hours 35 minutes, and landed there.
FlightAware has another niche in the college football ecosystem: It’s great for internet sleuthing while fans and reporters try to track down coaching candidates’ movements later in the fall and winter.
These kinds of artful flightpaths are most commonly the result of testing for commercial airliners. In 2014, Boeing unveiled a Seattle Seahawks-themed plane that saluted the franchise’s fans — the “12th man” — with this path:
The plane is a Piper Cherokee, with four seats and a single engine, so it’s not a commercial liner itself. It’s registered to Cowlin Aviation LLC.
This is an extremely good Longhorns logo. Compare it to this:
And the pilot drew out all of Texas, just for bonus points.
The world I want to live in is the one where rich Texas and Texas A&M fans get into a war of flightpath-drawing on their private jets.