Watch this breathtaking video of a flight down the world’s tallest waterfall
Drone pilot Ellis van Jason recently returned from Venezuela where captures the breathtaking video below of a flight down the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, in the jungle of Bolivar. Located in Canaima National Park, the waterfall drops 979 meters off the Auyán-tepui mountain.
Van Jason told CNN that when he’s flying a FPV (first-person view) drone, “it’s like you’re a bird. You can fly wherever you want.”
The waterfall has been known as the Angel Falls since the mid-20th century; they are named after Jimmie Angel, a U.S. aviator, who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel’s ashes were scattered over the falls on 2 July 1960.
The common Spanish name Salto Ángel derives from his surname. In 2009, President Hugo Chávez announced his intention to change the name to the purported original indigenous Pemon term (“Kerepakupai Vená”, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”), on the grounds that the nation’s most famous landmark should bear an indigenous name. Explaining the name change, Chávez was reported to have said, “This is ours, long before Angel ever arrived there … this is indigenous land.” However, he later said that he would not decree the change of name, but only was defending the use of Kerepakupai Vená.
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August 16, 2021 at 01:22PM