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Chicago: The Midwest's Largest City

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Art of Endurance - Chicago

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It is all about the "Art of Endurance" in this amazing drone production. Drone Media Chicago captures the 'Windy City in all its glory from above.  The video begins with an aerial shot of the skyline from the Navy Pier area and it proceeds to overhead shots of the financial district, aerials of the bridges over the Chicago River and the tracks of the Loop, bird's eye views of Lake Shore Drive, and skyscrapers galore.  This video is nominated in the Cities category for the 2nd annual Drone Video Awards. 

Detroit: The Motor City

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For Detroit

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Reel Aerials created this highly stylized drone video of Detroit, often known as the Motor City.  The city is situated on the Detroit River in eastern Michigan.  Detroit is credited with giving birth to the modern automobile and is still considered the worldwide center of the industry.  From roughly 1920 to 1940, it was the fourth largest city in the country.  While declining auto industry employment has caused a dramatic loss of population (totalling over 60% from peak), it's currently experiencing a renaissance.  

Minneapolis: Host of Super Bowl LII

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Flour Mills to Super Bowl LII: An Aerial History of Minneapolis

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Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the American Midwest.  It's also the hometown of AirVuz, which produced this brief history of the city told largely with drone footage.  The video tells the story of the city's origins as a flour milling center on the Mississippi River to its growth as a large corporate center to its most recent transformation, which has been driven in large part by the construction of  numerous world-class sports venues in and around the downtown area.

Cleveland: The Buckle of the Rust Belt

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Cleveland, Ohio is one of the largest cities in the USA's Midwest.  It is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes.  Cleveland was once known as the Buckle of the Rustbelt for its leading role in America's key manufacturing sectors.  While it is still a leading industrial center, the city has seen its waterfront transformed in recent years with new stadiums and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In this video, contributor Droneloop gives us a brief but epic aerial tour of this storied city.

Milwaukee: Wisconsin's Industrial City

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Epic Milwaukee Drone Video


The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin sits on the western shores of Lake Michigan in America's Midwest, roughly 150 km (90 mi) north of the larger city of Chicago.  The largest city in the Badger State, Milwaukee has a proud industrial heritage, and continues to be a key manufacturing center in the United States.  Similar to what has occurred in other Great Lakes cities, Milwaukee's downtown and waterfront has been transformed in recent years, as you will see from this awesome drone video from contributor ShareMedia.

Minnesota Aerial Highlights

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Minnesota - Land of 10,000 Lakes

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See the beauty of Minnesota from above thanks to this stunning video by talented pilot and producer, Fit Lam Studios. Stand out shots include aerial views of downtown Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Plaza South, First Avenue and the Prince star. St Paul is showcased with shots of the State Capital, Cathedral of Saint Paul during Red Bull Crashed Ice, and the Xcel Energy Center. Views of the MN State Fair grounds, Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge, and the Northern Lights are also featured. 

Louisville: Home of the Kentucky Derby

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Louisville Waterfront Vibes


Louisville, Kentucky sits in the Midwestern USA, just to the west of the Appalachia region.  It is situated on the Ohio River, a bit downstream from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and the third largest city on the Ohio after Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  Most famously, it is the home of Churchill Downs, host of the annual Kentucky Derby horse race.  In this very professionally done drone video by VizionAir, you'll get a look at the city from an aerial perspective.  

Dayton: Home of the Wright Brothers

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Dayton, Ohio Cinematic

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Dayton is the sixth-largest city in Ohio and the center of its fourth largest metro area.  Situated in the southwest quadrant of the Buckeye State, it's sometimes overshadowed by the state's larger cities such as Cleveland and Cincinnati.  Seen in this drone video by Vize, Dayton is known for its sophisticated industrial base, which gave rise to the once-behemoth National Cash Register Company.  It's most closely associated with aviation; Dayton was the home of the most famous names in aviation, the Wright Brothers.  

Columbus: Capital of the Buckeye State

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Drone Video of Columbus, Ohio


Check out this drone video of Ohio's capital city Columbus, compliments of contributor perfectperspective.  Situated near the center of the Buckeye State, it's Ohio's third largest city after Cleveland and Cincinnati.  Its downtown area is home to numerous banks and administrative functions of the state of Ohio, the country's seventh most populous state.  In addition, Columbus is home to the main campus of Ohio State University, one of the country's largest and best-known institutions of higher learning.  

Chicago Drone Video DVA Finalist

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The Windy City in 4K - Chicago from a New Perspective

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AirVuz contributor Gianlo uses his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us an unforgettable (and DVA nominated) 60 second aerial tour of the skyline of Chicago, the city which can lay credible claim for having invented the skyscraper.  The video provides epic views of the Windy City's magnificent skyline, still dominated by the 108 story Willis Tower.  You'll also get some great views of other Chicago landmarks such as the John Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River, and more.  

Bridging the Ohio River

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Aerial Drone Footage | Ohio River Bridge East End Crossing | 4K |


The Ohio River is one of the USA's most important waterways.  It arises from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, draining a large portion of the Appalachians and flowing almost 1.6k km (just under 1k mi.) to join the Mississippi in Cairo, Illinois.  While it's not as long as the Missouri River, it is the largest Mississippi tributary by discharge.  VizionAir used a drone to aerially film a new bridge over the great river near Louisville, Kentucky.    

The Anheuser Busch Brewery, St. Louis

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis


Check out this drone video of one of the world's largest breweries, compliments of contributor mavictraveler.  It's the main Anheuser-Busch beer factory in St. Louis, Missouri.  Situated on the Mississippi River just downstream from downtown, the complex consists of nearly 200 individual buildings.  A designated National Historic Landmark, the complex was originally the handiwork of AB co-founder Adolphus Busch, who immigrated to this Midwestern city from Germany in the mid-19th century.  

Mackinac Bridge: Connecting Michigan's UP

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Mackinac Bridge Sunrise


Mackinac Bridge connects mainland Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, and sits at the divide between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.   Built in 1957, the bridge is roughly 8 km (roughly 5 mi) long, making it one of the longest bridges in the United States.  It passes to the west of Mackinac Island, a popular Lake Huron tourist area, which is home to some of the best sailing waters in the country.  Northern POV used a drone and some creative editing to make this amazing aerial video of this important span.  

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

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Minnesota State Fair 2017

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The Minnesota State Fair is held annually in late August through Labor Day weekend in an area of St. Paul, the "twin city" to Minneapolis.  Widely known as the Great Minnesota Get Together, the Fair is one of the largest such gatherings in the country.  In 2017, AirVuz collaborated with the Fair to provide drone coverage of the event for the first time.  Using fully licensed operators, AirVuz created a series of videos showing the Fair and different events occuring there, from an aerial perspective.  

Branson, Missouri: Country Music Destination

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Drone Clips of Branson, Missouri


Branson, Missouri has become practically synonymous with country music.  Unlike Nashville, Branson's connection to the art is not through recording but through its live performances.  Located in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Branson now hosts dozens of venues where top country music acts perform to audiences that number millions over the course of a year.   In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of magical Branson, compliments of contributor and drone pilot strange2075.

Kansas City's Truman Sports Complex

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KC's Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums


Kansas City is the smallest media market to have a team in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League - the Royals and Chiefs, respectively.  The two teams play in adjacent stadiums in the Truman Sports Complex southeast of downtown KC: the 37.9k seat Kauffman Stadium and the 76.4k seat Arrowhead Stadium.  In this drone video by mavictraveler, you'll get a bird's eye view of the two venues, which date to the early 1970's but have been extensively renovated in the intervening years.  

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

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Iowa State capital building


Here's an awesome aerial view of the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines.  Des Moines was the site of a small fortress and wasn't incorporated until 1857, in connection with the adoption of a state constitutional amendment moving the capital from Iowa City to a more central location.  Construction of the Capitol began in 1871 and took 15 years to complete.  It houses the legislature as well as the top executive offices of the Hawkeye State.  It's known as the USA's only five-domed capitol.  

The University of Chicago

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The University of Chicago by Mavic Pro 2


Check out this drone video of the University of Chicago campus by contributor mavictraveler.  Situated about 8 km (around 5 mi) south of the Chicago Loop on Lake Michigan, the UofC is one of the world's most prestigious research universities.  Founded in 1890 with a grant by Standard Oil titan John D. Rockefeller, the school ranked #5 amongst national universities in the 2019 US News & World Report college rankings.  Its enrollment of about 16.4k students is roughly 40% undergraduate.  

Washington University, St. Louis

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Washington University, St. Louis


Contributor mavictraveler used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this aerial tour of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Founded in 1853, the university's main campus is located in the heart of the city.  Its current enrollment is about 15k, with about half undergraduates and the balance spread amongst various graduate and professional schools.  Wash U is considered one of the country's top schools: in the 2019 US News & World Report annual college rankings, it ranked #19 among the national universities. 

Carlton College: The Harvard of the Midwest

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Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota


Carleton College is a private liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota, about a 45 minute drive south of the Twin Cities.  It is sometimes called the "Harvard of the Midwest", and for good reason - in the highly respected US News & World Report college rankings, Carleton was tied for the #5 spot amongst the liberal arts schools in 2019. Founded in 1866, Carleton has a student body of about 2,000.  Gopherdrone used a Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial tour of the school's idyllic campus.  

FPV Diving Downtown Kansas City

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Morning Dives : Urban FPV


Check out this amazing first person view (FPV) video of Kansas City, Missouri, compliments of top AirVuz contributor and FPV pilot Flylifeco.  Lying on the banks of the Missouri River, on the Kansas border, KC is one of the most important cities in the USA's Midwest region.  The focus of the video is a set of dives of the city's tallest skyscraper: the 42 story One Kansas City Place.  Standing just under 200 meters above Main Street (624 ft.), it's the tallest habitable building in Missouri.  

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

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World's Largest Ice Fishing Contest

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Check out this amazing drone video of the world's largest ice fishing contest, compliments of contributor Blaze.   An annual event for almost thirty years, it's held on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota.  One of the premiere lake recreation areas in the Midwest, the area has become a year-round destination with events like this, in which thousands compete.  Footage from this aerial shoot was used in an episode of the TV series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which aired on HBO in February, 2019.  

Northern Minnesota Lake Resort

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Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake


The area of lakes around Brainerd in north-central Minnesota has emerged as one of the prime "cabin" type destinations in the Midwestern USA.  The epicenter of the district is Gull Lake, which is located northwest of Brainerd and is the largest lake in the region. It's home to many hundreds of lakeside homes as well as 19 resorts as of mid-2019.  In this drone video by BlazeAir, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of Gull's most well-known resorts: Cragun's, which is located on a southeastern extension of the lake. 

Northern Michigan's Manistee River

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Manistee River

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Here's a beautiful 4k drone view of a famous trout fishing river in northern Michigan, compliments of contributor and pilot mthouston.  The Manistee River runs on a generally southwesterly course from Antrim County to a discharge point on Lake Michigan.  Its total course is just over 300 km (around 190 mi.), much of which runs through forested areas.  With clean, clear water and other favorable conditions, it's home to some of the finest spots for trout fishing in the eastern half of the United States.

Chicago's Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Campus


Among the reasons for Chicago's success as a city are its two world-class universities: Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.  In this drone video by mavictraveler, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Northwestern campus in Evanston, about 20 km (12 miles) north of downtown.  Founded in 1851, the private research university has an enrollment of about 21k, about 40% of whom are undergraduate.  It ranked #10 amongst national universities in the 2019 US News & World Report college rankings.  

Lighthouses of Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan Lights | 4k | DJI Mavic Pro

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Famously dangerous to shipping, Lake Michigan is home to some of the most well-known lighthouses in the USA.  In this drone video by Bill Drones, you'll be treated to aerial views of the following lighthouses: Kenosha North Pier Light, Kenosha, WI; Canal North Pierhead Light, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Bailey's Harbor Light and Cana Island Lighthouse, Bailey's Harbor, WI;  Chicago Harbor Lighthouse; Michigan City East Light, Michigan City, IN; Little Sable Point Light, Golden Township, MI; and Big Sable Point Light, Luddington, MI.  

St. Paul: Sister City of Minneapolis

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The Sound of Saint Paul

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Check out this drone video tour of St. Paul, Minneaota, compliments of top AirVuz contributor Fit Lam Studios.  The video opens with a great shot of the Hill Mansion on Summit Avenue, just west of downtown.  Then it's on to the skyways of downtown, followed by an epic shot from the St. Paul Cathedral looking toward the Capitol Building.  At :47, there's a great shot of the giant sign atop the First National Bank building.  Other featured spots include the inside of Excel Center, Rice Park, 3M headquarters in suburban Maplewood, and more.  

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Cedar Rapids levees along the river


Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in the USA state of Iowa and the largest in the eastern part of the state.  The city is built on the banks of the Cedar River, which flows into the Iowa River and then into the Mississippi.  Cedar Rapids was hit hard by floods in 2008 (which are sometimes referred to as Iowa's Katrina); roughly one-seventh of the city was underwater.  In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the city, including the earthworks constructed to minimize future flood damage.  

Cleveland's Progressive Field

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Home of the 2019 MLB All Star Game

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As part of a colloboration with Major League Baseball, contributor Blaze was given permission to fly out of Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, a few weeks before the 2019 All Star Game was held here.  The stadium opened as Jacobs Field in 1994, and is the home of the Cleveland Indians.  Its regular seating capacity is a bit under 35k, and it was chosen as the #1 MLB ballpark by fans in a well-respected 2008 survey by Sports Illustrated.  The field sits just to the southeast of downtown Cleveland.  

University of Illinois Flagship

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The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

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Check out this drone video of the flagship campus of the University of Illinois, compliments of Nick McGee.  It's located in the "twin cities" of Champaign and Urbana, about 220 km (around 135 mi.) south of Chicago.  Founded in 1837, the UofI is considered one of the Midwest's top research universities.  Home of the USA's second-largest university library, the school is closely associated with the birth of the modern internet in the 1990's.   Its Fighting Illini teams are an athletic powerhouse in the Big Ten conference.  

Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks

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Lake of the Ozarks Christmas 2019

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Lake of the Ozarks is a giant reservoir lake in the Midwestern USA state of Missouri.  It was created by the impoundment of the Osage River (a Missouri River tributary) during the 1930's.  At the time, the lake created by the dam was the largest artificial lake in the USA.  With a surface area of about 220 square km (around 80 square mi.), it's still one of the largest lakes in the region.  Sometimes called the Magic Dragon due to it's "tail" like shape, you can see it from above in wintertime in this drone video by Ben Vens Creative.  

The Harbor of Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth Harbor, Lake Superior, Minnesota


Contributor duluthaerial used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to shoot this aerial of the port and harbor of Duluth, Minnesota.  Located in the southwestern corner of Lake Superior, it's the world's largest freshwater port.  The port's largest commodity is a form of processed iron ore known as taconite, which is produced in the nearby Mesabi Iron Range mines.   The port also handles millions of tons of grain shipments.  In the first decades of the 20th century, Duluth was the USA's busiest port measured by freight tonnage.  

Madison: Wisconsin's Capital City

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Droning America: Madison, WI

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In this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz travels to Madison, Wisconsin, aka the Perfect Midwestern College Town.  The capital of the Badger State, it's the home of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the flagship of the UW system and an athletic powerhouse.  It's also one of the country's most beautiful campuses, set between two lakes in the middle of Wisconsin.  In this segment, you'll see this stunning campus, as well as the adjoining state capitol area, from a bird's eye perspective.  

Droning Indy

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Droning America: Indianapolis, IN

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Indianapolis is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Indiana.  Among its claims to fame, it is the home of the Indianapolis Speedway, the site of the annual Indy 500 car race - the most well known motor racing event in the United States.  In this episode, Droning America host Angie Avestruz take us to this dynamic city, whose metropolitan area is home to a population of nearly two million.  Accompanied by a licensed drone operator, she shows us the sights of Indy from an aerial perspective.  

Flying over St. Louis

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Droning America: St. Louis, MO

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On this episode of Droning America host Angie Avestruz and the team head to St. Louis, Missouri to meet up with journalist Kim Hudson of FOX 2 News. They take an aerial tour of this great Midwestern city at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.   Angie and Kim use drones to provide some bird's eye views of the city's most notable sights, including its famous zoo, the Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and Busch Stadium, home of fabled St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  

Minneapolis: Home of AirVuz

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Droning America: Minneapolis, MN

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On this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz teams up with local sportscaster Eric Perkins in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Together they give us aerial views and commentary on some of the most well known sites in this city on the Mississippi River, which is also the hometown of AirVuz.  The show includes shots of sports venues Target Field, Target Center, and US Bank Stadium (home of Super Bowl LII); the Stone Arch Bridge; the Guthrie Theater; the Uptown area; and more.  


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Drones and Planes

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Droning America: St. Paul, MN

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Tulip Viaduct (4K)

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Land of 10,000

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Superhuman Detroit Drone

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People Moving Detroit

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