Amazing timelapse video of America

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31st May 2012
Written by: Andrew Tipp

Amazing timelapse video of America

Helicopter pilot produces brilliant timelapse film of journey across USA

Adventurous pilot Mark Skinner has spent four days flying almost 2,500 miles across America to record an unbelievably cool short film.

Skinner took more than 20,000 photos during his 21 hours in the air, and he’s edited the whole trip into an awesome timelapse video lasting four minutes and 24 seconds – the equivalent of travelling at 36,000 miles an hour.

The final film, titled Coast to Coast Helicopter Flight, was uploaded to YouTube by Skinner’s company Anaheim Helicopters two weeks ago and has over 4,000 views so far. The video is soundtracked by indie/rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks’ tune Quiet Little Voices, which is an incredible song.

The helicopter journey crosses eight American States from Jacksonville, Florida, to Santa Monica, California. For helicopter tech fans out there the team flew a 2007 Robinson R44 Raven II, which in gapyear.com’s opinion isn’t as good as the original Robinson R44 Raven.

At times Skinner, along with co-pilots Jake Weber and Don Jayanetti, had to avoid military air space as they captured new photos every five seconds with a specialised camera.

Mark Skinner told the Daily Mail: “It was an amazing adventure. We had to cross some of the wildest country in America, including mountains and deserts.”

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The timelapse film showcases America’s great natural beauty, from the subtropical swamps of Louisiana to the wide open prairies of Texas. It’s an epic and mind-blowing visual experience, and confirms that, yep, America really is very, very big.

Skinner added: “Some of the places we refueled were pretty remote – at one airport there was only one man on duty and he gave us his car so we could get into town.”

Enjoy the full video below, then let us know what you think of it.

What do you think of this helicopter timelapse movie? What’s your favourite timelapse film?

Want to brush up your American knowledge? Check out Daisy Ashworth’s Guide to the USA.

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