Video of the week (3.05.10)

Welcome to a new feature at Gadling. We’ve been doing the photo of the day, culled from many of the contributors to the Gadling group on Flickr, for years. But we’ve come across enough exceptional videos that we’ve now decided to share them with you each Friday.

The video chosen for our first Video of the Week is from Balleka, a 747 freighter pilot who had the crazy idea to stick an inexpensive Contour HD helmet camera on the nose gear of a 747-200. While the taxi-out and takeoff are entertaining to watch in HD, the approach and landing are simply spectacular. I honestly can’t stop watching this video, in fact.

As Balleka says, “The flight was from Johannesburg, South Africa to Maputo, Mozambique, and we were cleared for a visual approach onto RWY 05 as we were passing FL120 about 25nm out. Airline flying doesn’t get much better than this!”

I agree. But there’s absolutely no way I’ll be mounting my camera to the 767 nosegear anytime soon.

Do you have a video you’d like to suggest for our Video of the Week? Let me know via twitter or contact me through Gadling.