Formula 1

Ayrton Senna's Iconic Helmet Painted on Front of Brazilian Airline Azul's Plane

A man cleans helmets belonged to late Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna on display at the the Imola track, Italy, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Fans and family members are gathering this week to pay their respects to former Formula One drivers Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger on the 20th anniversary of their deaths. F1 drivers' chaplain Sergio Mantovani celebrated a memorial mass Wednesday in a packed room beside pit lane at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari track that once hosted the San Marino Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
Marco Vasini/Associated Press
Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 1, 2014

Tributes to Ayrton Senna have been flooding in on the 20th anniversary of the Formula 1 driver's shocking death, but one airline has taken it to the next level with their decision to paint the Brazilian's helmet on its livery.

Azul airline, based in Brazil, added the colours to the front of their plane:

A Brazilian airline has painted the front of a plane in Senna's helmet colours #RememberingSenna

— Formula 1 Blogger (@BloggerF1) May 1, 2014

A plane has Senna helmet as the livery. Love it so much. #Respect #Senna

— Alex. #14 (@ALewisF1AFC_122) April 30, 2014

Via WTF1 blog, there is a translation of the airline's blog explaining their gesture:

To remember the 20-year legacy of Brazilian driver triple world champion Ayrton Senna, we pay tribute at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre, by introducing an Embraer 195 with a special paint job to celebrate the career of one of the biggest idols of all time.


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