This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying (and slightly nauseating) it would be to actually fly.

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Pilot Paul Nurkkala is at the controls of this custom camera-equipped drone, showing off his mad flying skills as this craft appears to skim just inches above the moving train. At one point he even manages to fly alongside the main engine and the train’s conductor, who quickly slams his window shut when he finally notices the airborne intruder.

[YouTube via The Awesomer]

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“At one point he even manages to fly alongside the main engine and the train’s conductor, who quickly slams his window shut when he finally notices the airborne intruder.”

The drone “pilot” is kind of an asshole, right? It’s one thing to fly over a moving train at a safe distance, but getting that close? What if he’d somehow managed to get too close and actually hit the open window? What if he crashes into the train and damages something, is he gonna pay for it? I doubt it.