A Giant Airborne Virus

I wanted to log a couple more hours of flight time this week, but couldn’t decide what to do. Practicing the same maneuvers over and over gets old, and I didn’t have a specific place to go. Then I remembered what Boeing pilots did recently when they needed to test the engines on their new 787. Given a much smaller, slower, cheaper airplane and only a morning, I built a virus nearly 20 nautical miles across.

Capsid in the sky.
A viral flight path.

This was fun and somewhat educational. I got to do a lot of turns, follow a complex GPS course, and see how my Garmin flight bag app handles a route with a bunch of arbitrary coordinates. Of course I also released a giant airborne virus right next to the primary reservoir for the state, but I’m pretty sure it won’t replicate.