[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/22/art.corn.ap.jpg caption="Palin flew over a corn-cut image of herself."]
AKRON, Ohio (CNN) - Shortly after taking off from Toledo on a flight bound for Akron, Sarah Palin’s campaign plane twice circled around a now-famous image of the Alaska governor etched into a golden cornfield in northeast Ohio, offering Palin a surreal chance to look down on the outsized agricultural rendering of herself.
The portrait, which reads “Sarah America,” was cut out of 16-acres of corn in Whitehouse, Ohio by designers hired by Duke and Martha Wheeler, who hope to attract visitors to their Corn Maze at The Butterfly House, a local tourist attraction.
Palin and her family peered down on the corn-carved candidate from their windows, with several members of her senior staff clamoring over to the left side of the plane to join them.
Since many on the plane apparently missed the initial glimpse of the corn candidate, the pilot circled the JetBlue charter jet around for another pass, allowing members of the campaign apparatus to snap pictures.