Free Sean Payton has taken to the air.

Wednesday morning, a private plan circled the Saints practice field trailing a banner that simply said, "Free Payton."

The Saints head coach was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his alleged role in the Saints bounty program.

The pilot is Philip Marshall, who flies for United Air Lines. He is based out of California, but is graduate of Mandeville high school.

One of Marshall's free Payton pals, Randy Chapman, said the plane will fly for three hours downtown Friday night as the Saints host Jacksonville in a preseason game at the Superdome.

Chapman said the website, freepayton.org is asking for donations. He said it takes about $500 an hour for the plane to fly with its unique trailing banner.