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Fort De La Chartreuse, Liège, Belgium - 2018 | DJI Mavic Air


Contributor bartreding took this fascinating drone vide of Belgium's Fort de la Chartreuse.  It's situated in a district of Liège, the main city in the northeastern corner of Wallonia (the southern part of Belgium).  Sitting at a strategic point in the Meuse River, it occupies some of the most fought-over territory on the European continent.  Abandoned as obsolete in 1891, the forts which replaced it represented some of the world's strongest and inflicted great damage on the invading German Army in 1914.  

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The Laguna de Aljojuca is a landmark crater lake in the Aljojuca Municaplity in Puebla, Mexico, southeast of Mexico City.  Located at the base of this of crater stands the long-abandoned shell of Cancantla, a once-inviting hacienda, which was beautifully filmed in cinematic style by award-winning contributor PostandFly.  With sweeping aerials views of the imposing crater-lake and the surrounding plains, this drone video evokes the abandonment seen by the area in recent years.

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Train Cemetery of Uyuni


Award-winning contributor and pilot LA.Drones created this amazing drone video of a train cemetery in southwestern Bolivia.  The city of Uyuni is the largest city in the region, which sits on the great Antiplano plateay and is also home to the Uyuni Salt Flats.  When the area's critical mining industry collapsed in the 1940's, the local railroads collapsed too.  Uyuni being the main rail junction, the trains ended up being abandoned just outside of the city, resulting in what you'll see in the video.

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After Tragedy The Ruins Still stand.. Gramalote, Colombia


In a land full of rainforests and mountains, mudslides and floodings are an all-too-common occurrence in Colombia. In this poignant film, Alejandrogutierrezlonga flies over the still-standing historic ruins of Gramalote, Colombia, abandoned after devastating mudslides and floods. The somber footage captures the dignity of the once beautiful structures that have, at least for now, escaped total destruction. The city is located in North Santander, one of the 32 departments (states) into which Colombia is divided.

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Fantasy World


Contributor Pagaylouijhe16 shot this amazing drone video of an entire abandoned theme park in the Philippines.  The Fantasy World park, intended to be a sort Philippines equivalent of Disney World, was built in a remote area of southern Luzon in 2001.  Due to the owner's financial difficulties, the park near Batangas was abandoned and never completed.   It now stands as a bizarre reminder of a failed investment.  

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Ghost Town Las Vegas


Ghost towns are prominent features of parts of the American West.  As the western interior developed in the late 1800's, some towns suffered setbacks such as mine depletion or not being sited on new railroad routes.  Many of these communities were simply abandoned and forgotten.  Contributor DRONEPIXEL created an epic drone video of one of these ghosts, a small mining town near Las Vegas, Nevada.   

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Washington's Vance Creek Bridge

60 Seconds

Top contributor and pilot 60 Seconds used a drone to create this amazing aerial tour of an abandoned bridge in the USA's Pacific Northwest.  The Vance Creek Bridge was built in the 1920's to serve the logging industry in Washington.  As the fortunes of the state's forestry sector waned, the bridge was de-commissioned in the 1970's.  Now it's a major attraction for hikers who seek out this amazing span, which stands 106 meters (347 ft.) tall.  It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Croatian Mountains with a Jeep

Travel Lifestyle

An abandoned military base in the mountainous Balkans make for an epic 4x4 road trip and a drone video to memorialize it.  Contributor Travel Lifestyle traveled with some friends in a Jeep on an adventure trip to an old Yugoslav Army base in the mountains that came to form international border separating Croatia from neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Using ground footage to supplement their drone footage, they did an amazing job recording the highlights of their 4x4 trip to this eerie place.  

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Epic Footage (4K) : All the Presidents' Heads with the DJI Mavic Pro

Jeff Walrich - TK-421

Award winning contributor Jeff Walrich brings us this epic drone video of a collection of large abandoned bust statues of the first 43 Presidents of the USA.  The 6 meter (20 ft.) monuments were removed from Presidents' Park, a failed cultural recreation area in historic Williamsburg.  They now sit in a field, many with crumbling features, yet still amazing to view from an aerial perspective.  

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Deserted Military Rocket Base


Top contributor Ludoweet used a drone to capture an abandoned military base in his native Czech Republic.  This type of scene is not uncommon in the Czech Republic: when the Warsaw Pact dissolved following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many of the old Red Army and Red Air Force military assets in Central and Eastern Europe were simply vacated.  In this video, Lodoweet used a DJI drone to aerially film an old rocket base deep in the Czech forest, its missile tubes clearly arranged in a triangular fashion.

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Abandoned Pontiac Silverdome | 4K


The Pontiac Silverdome was built as the home stadium of the Detroit Lions, Detroit's National Football League team.  It also was the home of the Detroit Pistons NBA team from 1978-88.  Built in the 1970's in Pontiac, a Michigan auto factory town northwest of Detroit, the stadium was abandoned in 2006, a few years after the Lions decamped for the new Ford Field in downtown Detroit.  Contributor Garci1jd used a drone to aerially film this relic before its ultimate demolition in 2017.  

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Abandoned Sugar Mill, Aguada Puerto Rico

Pedro's airtime

For centuries, the economy of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico was built on one commodity: sugar.  The sugar cane fields which ringed its coast fed some of the largest sugar mills in the world.  For a variety of reason, the industry went into decline begining in the 1930's, and production today is virtually non-existent. In this drone video by Pedro's Airtime, you'll get a bird's eye view of the now- abandoned Aguada mill, the first integrated mill on the island and for decades one of the world's largest.

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A Girl, Graffiti and a Drone


Top contributor AerialRhianna created this epic drone video of an old abandoned mill in rural Oregon in the northwestern USA.  The mill has become something of a studio for graffiti artists wishing to practice their trade in a serene and secluded environment of the Pacific Northwest wilderness.  This highly cinematic video of the mill and a young female artist who uses it as her canvas is spectacular.  The site is located near Veronia, in the far northwestern corner of the state.  

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Aircraft Cemetery in Moscow region

Drone nest

During most of the Cold War years, the Soviet Union maintained the world's largest air force.  At its peak in about 1980, the USSR had an active strength of 10,000 aircraft, significantly larger than the combined forces of NATO.  With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, many of these aircraft were simply abandoned in parks around the vast country.  In this drone video by Drone Nest, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of these aircraft cemeteries in the Moscow Oblast.

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Life After People: Chernobyl

Tomáš Golej

Pripyat, Ukraine was founded in 1970 to house workers to build and then operate the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. When one of the reactors exploded during a testing procedure on April 26th, 1986, the town of nearly 50,000 people was evacuated and has not been re-occupied due to contamination. Cinematographer Tomáš Golej created this amazing drone video to commemorate three heroes: a trio of workers who knowingly risked their lives to prevent an even worse disaster.

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One of the Largest Barracks in Eastern Europe


Contributor Robert Banfi created this amazing drone video of what was once Europe's largest military barracks.  It's near the Hungarian town of Hajmáskér, in the western part of the country.  The base was built in the late 1800's and served as the main artillery training range for the Austro-Hungarian Army in the First World War.  It served as a Germany military base towards the end of World War II, then a Red Army base, before being finally abandoned in 1990 when the Warsaw Pact dissolved. 

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Abandoned powerplant in Charleroi, Belgium - 2018 | DJI Mavic Air


Contributor Bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this fascinating aerial video of an abandoned power plant in Belgium.  Built in 1921, Power Plant IM is situated in Charleroi, a city in the Hainaut Province in the west-central part of the country.  Originally a coal-fired plant, it was retrofitted in the 1970's to be able to burn natural gas as well.  The plant accounted for 10% of Belgium's CO2 emissions and was closed in 2007 as part of the country's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.   

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Rummu Estonia Sunken Prison


Top contributor NGreyTravels created this amazing drone video of an abandoned limestone prison quarry in the Baltic republic of Estonia.  It's near a village of the same name in Harju County, in the northwestern part of the country.  The quarry was created in the 1930's to mine a particular type of marble, and during the time when Estonia was under control of the Soviet Union it also became a prison.  Since being flooded and abandoned, the site now attracts the attention of artists, movie makers, and...drone pilots!  

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Oregon's Blue Heron Paper Mill

60 Seconds

The USA's Pacific Northwest was once home to a huge forest products industry, with hundreds of saw and paper mills around the region.   With the rise of much tighter environmental restrictions, high labor costs, and tough competition from foreign producers, the timber products industry in Washington and Oregon has been decimated.  In this video, contributor 60 Seconds gives us a bird's eye view of a paper mill in Blue Heron, OR which succumbed to the poor conditions and was abandoned several years ago.

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Six Flags (Abandoned) New Orleans

Bumble Bee Productions

Among the permanent casualties in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina is the former Six Flags Amusement Park.  Situated in New Orleans East, the park opened on a 140 acre site in 2002.  It has been closed since the historic storm and subsequent flooding devastated the city in August, 2005.  While there have been numerous plans floated to redevelop the site, it remains in a completely abandoned state as of mid-2019.  You can see this eery reminder of pre-Katrina New Orleans in this drone video by Bumble Bee Productions.  

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Mysterious Airport Lost In The Woods


An abandoned airport deep in the forests of the Czech Republic makes for a phenomenal drone video by contributor and pilot Ludoweet.  He does an incredible job of capturing the oddness of the scene - a paved runway in the middle of endless rolling hills covered with pine trees.  Going back to the Middle Ages, the lands of the Czech Republic have always occupied an important strategic position in Central Europe.  Later, during the Cold War period, what was then Czechoslovakia was covered with Red Army bases and Red Air Force airfields.

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Award winning contributor Postandfly created this beautiful aerial video of the "ghost town" of Real de Catorce, once one of the great mining towns of Central Mexico.  Situated in the state of San Luis Potosi, it's roughly in the middle of the great triangle formed by Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara.  The town was founded as a result of a large nearby silver discovery in the late 18th century, and at its height it was one of the biggest sources for the highly silver-dependent Spanish Empire.  

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Cemetery of Radioactive Ships in Russia's Murmansk Province

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Contributor and drone pilot Sneba created this fascinating aerial video of a "ship cemetery" in the northern reaches of Russia.  It's situated off the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk Oblast (province), the northernmost of the provinces on the Russian mainland and part of the Northwest Federal District.  Lying in these icy waters are dozens of nuclear-powered ships which are no longer in service but which have not been properly de-commissioned.  It's an example of how the end of the Cold War created its own set of problems.  

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LOST PLACES Beelitz Heilstätten Berlin

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Contributor N.I.X created this rather haunting drone video of an abandoned hospital complex on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany.  It's called the Beelitz Hospital (Beelitz Heilstätten) and it was constructed as a military hospital in 1898.  Famously, the hospital treated a young corporal named Adolph Hitler when he was injured in a mustard gas attack in the closing weeks of World War I.  It became a Soviet military hospital during the Cold War Years, and was mostly abandoned in the 1990's.  

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Sathron Unique Tower - Thailand

Where's Fuji?

Opening with a one-of-a-kind dronie, this video by pilot Fujiabra Films will leave you wanting to replicate his bold moves. His location? The Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok, Thailand. The unfinished skyscraper was supposed to be filled with high-rise condominiums, but construction on the building was halted in 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis. The 607-foot skyscraper was already 80% complete, but has yet to be touched in the two decades since being abandoned.

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Cerro Gordo Ghost Town


AirVuz contributor and pilot hakisair combined drone and ground camera footage to create this video of a "ghost town" called Cerro Gordo in Southern California.  It's an old mining town in the Owens Valley, northeast of Los Angeles.  The mines around the town produced silver, lead, and zinc from the mid-1800's before being shut down in the 1950's.  The town, located a short distance from Death Valley, was recently sold to a group of investors for about $1.4 million according to a report from CNBC.  

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Chernobyl: Drone Footage of Pripyat 2019


Check out this haunting but fascinating drone video from the scene of one of history's greatest industrial accidents, compliments of David.Haring.  The northern Ukrainian city of Pripyat was built in the 1970's in connection with the construction of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  When the plant's #4 reactor core exploded on April 26, 1986, the city's 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated.  The disaster is credited with thousands of cancer deaths and contributed to the downfall of the USSR in 1991.

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White Rocks: Abandoned Hotel in Malta


The long-deserted White Rocks Resort on the Mediterranean island of Malta is an urban explorer's paradise as seen here in contributor rikk08's aerial footage.  The complex has been sitting, untended and slowly decaying, for two decades on the coast of Pembroke.  Instead of gathering tourists for its initial intended purpose, it has drawn in street artists and vandals over the years — becoming an eerie graffiti gallery for URBEX enthusiasts.  Check it out from above in this drone video by contributor Rikk08.

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Abandoned Art Deco Bathhouse | Aerial Film

Matthew Chirico

Content creator and drone pilot Matthew Chirico created this beautiful drone video of a historic spot in New York city called the Jacob Riis Bathhouse, the centerpiece of a park of the same name on the Rockaway Peninsula.  The park was largely the work of the powerful New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses in the 1930's.  The area fell into a state of disrepair in the 1960's; the park has been reborn under the National Park Service but the bathhouse has not reopened despite numerous plans.

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FPV Detroit


No other major American city ever grew as quickly or shrank so dramatically as Detroit.  From its peak around 1950, the population within the city limits has declined by well over 60%.  Among other things, it's resulted in thousands upon thousands of abandoned buildings - upwards of 70,000 by some counts.  If there is a bit of a silver lining here, it's become a bando heaven for first person view (FPV) pilots.  You'll get a taste of this phenomenon in this excellent "bando tour" by FPV pilot KittFPV.