Admit it, driving by in a taxi, it’s definitely crossed your mind… ‘what would base jumping off Burj Khalifa be like?’ Just us? Fair enough. Well, regardless, it’s ok, as drone flying superstar Johnny Schaer has kind of done the hard work for us.
This week – the 10th anniversary week of the building itself – the man known as @JohnnyFPV on social media shot some crazy as heck drone footage that swoops and dives and twists from the top of the 828-metre icon.
The video was quickly shared by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, a man who knows a thing or two about the top of the tower – having famously made his way up there to raise the UAE flag in 2013, in celebration of Dubai’s successful World Expo 2020 bid. Schaer also joins a list of people that includes Tom Cruise, who conquered, well, the middle bit of it in 2011 movie, Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol.
The footage, which has had 272,090 views at time of writing was captioned: “Burj Khalifa, aka the tallest building in the WORLD. I’ve been dreaming of flying here for the last few years, as building diving has always been a core part of FPV for me. Thanks to all those who made it happen! Happy New Year!”
Unsurprisingly, the former winner of the ESPN Drone Racing series has some serious form in the FPV stakes, with recent footage on his Instagram page featuring jaw-dropping videos from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi as well as the archaeological site of Mada'in Saleh in Saudi Arabia being two other spots that Schaer has got to grips with.
The Burj Khalifa opened to the public on January 4 in 2010, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic structures in the world. Now, thanks to Scaher’s footage, we can see it in a wholly new way.