It was a warm Sunday morning on the 4th December 2016. Garbed with a thin knitted black jumper, I was walking to the Asian shop and looked up cheerfully at the clear blue sky above me and heaved a sigh of contentment. I noticed a biplane painting a circle with its vapour. I watched the stunt curiously and waited what message it was going to show. Is this another sign in the sky? I asked myself. The biplane disappeared and I thought that was it. Then I saw two dashes appeared on the right side of the circle. Setting aside my mission, I quickly grabbed my phone to take a photo and a video. A couple of people behind me also stopped and followed suit. The plane vanished again and after a few moments it appeared just a few distance from the dashes making a pi before disappearing completely.
From my location, couldn’t figure out whether it was a smiley or a Snoopy.
Puzzled, I made a quick search for what was going on in Norwich but didn’t find any information.
A couple of days earlier while waiting for my bus home, I also saw a plane circling the sky. It was about 10 times larger or more than the latter one. I was thinking whether it was a sign in the sky and wondering what could be the meaning of it. Then I reckoned it could be a flight waiting to land at the Heathrow airport.
When I got home I showed the photo to my neighbour and he said that it was not the first time it happened. Few days later he sent me the link to the news report regarding the smiley face. So it was a smiley face and not Snoopy.
What’s the story behind it?
Five days later, Eastern Daily Press published the story about the stunt.
Willie Cruickshank, who owned the Pitts Special Biplane dropped off his daughter at a rowing in Whitlingham Lake. The girl was in a grumpy mood. Probably she wanted to stay with her dad. When Mr Cruickshank went flying later he saw the lake from the sky he thought of making a smiley face to cheer his daughter up.
What else could a dad do to make his daughter happy?
Well, I’m sure it wasn’t just Mr Cruickshank’s daughter who became happy on that day but everyone who saw it.