Ever wonder how those advertising airplanes that annoy you at beaches get their flying banners attached to the airplane? Me neither. I thought the planes just had those banners attached when they took off. Not the case! Apparently, the planes have to first be flying before they hook onto a specific target in order to launch the banner. They’re picking up the ad as they fly by!
It’s actually really cool, as the pilots have to be precise as they make a low pass down near the ground to grab the banner. And then they immediately shoot straight up in the air to make sure the banner sticks to the hook.