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Gator lurks on busy runway for plane to Florida
British Airways customers flying from London Gatwick had to blink several times at what appeared to be an alligator, more at home in the fresh waters of Florida, lurking on the runway.
In reality what they were seeing was an optical teaser as the ‘alligator’ was in fact a model that had been painted over five hours by a specialist artist to resemble the large reptile, with the aim of helping the airline to promote its Florida flights.
The airline flies from Gatwick to Orlando 13 times a week, to Tampa seven times a week and from Heathrow to Miami 14 times a week.
“I love a new challenge and when British Airways asked me to create an alligator I couldn’t wait,” said body painting artist Johannes Stoetter. “I normally paint and photograph my artwork in a studio, so to see it in front of one of the airline’s planes on a runway was a truly great experience and possibly one of the most challenging yet.”
The painting process was captured in a time-lapse video, which can be seen here.
TTG Nordic

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