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"Aerial flags" towed by helicopters (url followed by quote):Wieland Helicopters provides information on flags flown from aircraft:
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Several examples are given.
Jan Mertens, 27 July 2008
[Editor's Note: The term for this instance of f an aerial flag as given in the Dictionary of Vexillology is "Flying Line".]
This came up before, as the Royal Navy does the same thing, with flags.
Colin Dobson, 27 July 2008
The Australian flag (for which official specs exist) has been modified by adding a triangular piece of cloth to the fly. as is apparently the case for the other items as well. This was doubtlessly done for technical reasons, but - apart from size and usage - there is the physical difference. In other words, no rectangles.
On another point, it is not as if a pilot sticks a tiny flag through
the window after landing or as if a flag carried on the aircraft
helps identify it - aren't the above flags or flag-like objects sui
Jan Mertens, 28 July 2008
Years ago, at some party, (so I have no references for this of any sort)
I was talking to somebody about airplane cockpit windows that open. It
appears that when the increasing speed of passenger aircraft was making
windows that open impractical, one of the primary complaints from pilots
was that this meant that they'd no longer be able to open the window to
fly their flag after landing. So it appears that pilots used to do this
routinely at one point.
Jon Radel, 28 July 2008
The practice continues for some aircraft flying VIPs.
Pope Benedict XVI recently visited Sydney for World Youth Day. and photos
show the papal plane departing Rome airport and flying the Vatican
and Italian flags from the cockpit. The original image came from
Yahoo Photos sourced from AP Photo; by Palinio Lepri on July 12,
2008. When the plane landed in Sydney, the Vatican flag was moved to
the right side of the plane (from the observer's perspective) and the
Australian flag was used on the left side.
Ralph Kelly, 29 July 2008
Both show the Vatican flag and the host country’s hoisted on poles outside the cockpit windows of the visiting aircraft — Italy in the first case, and Australia in the second.
However while the Vatican flag is at starboard and the Italian flag at port side
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 August 2008