Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
Nebraska landmarks from east to west and north to south are being captured on high-definition video from the air this week as part of a joint project by NET, UNL, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska Game and Parks to showcase the state’s diverse landscapes, monuments, resources and attractions.
London-based Skyworks, the largest aerial HD footage resource in the world, is sending a low-flying helicopter around the state for a week to create an archive of images that will be used in the days and years ahead on websites, documentaries, publications and for live presentations.
NET interim general manager David Feingold says the footage “will provide incredible depth and quality images of our state, which we’ll all use to inform and educate our citizens.”
The helicopter crew began Wednesday in the Panhandle near Chadron and is flying counterclockwise across the state, cruising at low altitudes over small towns and cities and many places in between.
It’s shooting everything from Bighorn sheep roaming the hills of the Pine Ridge to beach-goers and campers enjoying themselves at Lake McConaughy on the 4th of July to the Haymarket District and Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln and attractions in the Omaha area.
Game and Parks Commission spokesman Christy Rasmussen says the goal is to show Nebraska “as the lively and vibrant state that is, to show people enjoying themselves and the state.”
The Skyworks team specializes in top-end aerial filming, using a specially-equipped helicopter with sophisticated tracking and navigation systems. Nebraskans can follow the flight route in real time at netNebraska.org/skyneb.