Drone Films Man Changing A Lightbulb 1,500 Feet Above The Ground

Keeping the Great Plains safe

On the great windswept plains of South Dakota rises a tower in stark mockery of the flat environment around it. Once that tower, so tall and so sudden, relayed television to viewers in the Mount Rushmore state. Now defunct, it is 1,500 vertical feet of hazard for any aircraft in the area when unlit. Climber Kevin Schmidt went up the tower to change the lightbulbs, and videographers from Prairie Aerial captured the climb with a drone. In high definition.

Watch a man change a lightbulb 1,500 feet above the ground:

Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Athertonis a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.