Updated: June 25, 2021 10:58:33 am
It is rare that you look up at the sky and notice a man whizzing in the air on a drone. Yet, this is exactly what happened in New York’s famous Times Square. And now, a video of the incident has gone viral on the internet, leaving netizens in awe of this flying daredevil.
The 10-second video, shared by former Basketball player Rex Chapman on Twitter, captured the helmeted man hovering about 10 feet in the air while curious New Yorkers gaped at him.
Take a look at the stunning clip here:
Oh nothing – just a dude flying around NYC… pic.twitter.com/qJp2mKgV8R
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 21, 2021
The video was shot on June 19 around 5 am, and the man in the video has been identified as Youtuber Hunter Kowald. According to Inside Edition, Kowald designed the hoverboard aircraft he flew on and regularly posts videos on YouTube of his adventures. He performed the stunt with a camera strapped to his helmet.
“It’s a highly engineered device,” Kowald told the news organisation. “I spent years on this thing to make this happen, at least to do it safely and properly. There’s a lot of safety built into that device, so essentially, I could have two motors fail and still land safely.” He also added that he had taken all permissions needed to perform the stunt.
However, the New York Police Department told New York Post, “We are aware of the video and are looking into it.”
Twitterati couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity between Kowald and Green Goblin, the villain from the Spiderman movie. The character, played by Willem Dafoe, flew around the city on his hoverboard to throw explosives and attack. Many others appreciated this futuristic way of travel, while others were annoyed about the sound and worried about the safety of the aircraft.
3 May 2002 (USA) pic.twitter.com/OT6e6n3tnM
— Blockbuster Plus (@BlockbusterPlus) June 21, 2021
Next time you wonder why it’s 2021 and we don’t have flying cars yet, imagine what the skies would sound like with thousands of those lawnmower-mobiles buzzing around.
— Scott Seymour (@Seymour_from_GP) June 21, 2021
Native New Yorkers wouldn’t even blink an eye.
— Michael “WEAR A DAMN MASK WHEN IN A STORE” Griffin (@literateartist) June 21, 2021
That is Harry Osborn pic.twitter.com/17ks7b2egO
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) June 21, 2021
“It’s so quiet with all these electric cars.”
“What if the skies were filled with weed whacker skateboards?”
— Ƥαυℓ – ♥️🐝 (@ghoti00) June 21, 2021
The future is already here… https://t.co/1UKSLt2VCt
— Erik Brynjolfsson (@erikbryn) June 22, 2021
Just a normal night in New York City, nothing to see here. https://t.co/56rteJ0RbW
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) June 22, 2021
Oscorp has been making great strides recently it seems. https://t.co/bFFTWvug3L
— SirDimetrious (@SirDimetrious) June 21, 2021
I spent my entire childhood dreaming of a future where this was true and right now all I can think of is this sounds like the Godzilla of mosquitoes is here and all I want is someone to spray that guy with pesticide https://t.co/w2UL1nleQx
— Shiv Ramdas (@nameshiv) June 21, 2021