Hyperlapse Puts You On the Dashboard of a 747 for a Trans-Pacific Trip from Tokyo to San Francisco

We’ve seen spectacular city tour hyperlapses, and creative hyperlapses created using Google Street View images, but until today, we had never seen a trans-Pacific hyperlapse that put us right in the driver’s seat (pilot’s seat?) of a Boeing 747.

This video quite literally takes the hyperlapse to a new level, raising the bar to about 35,000 feet and keeping it there for 84 seconds that aren’t nearly as boring as you might think, given that most of this time-lapse is spent flying over the pristine blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.


Put together from 3,400 separate images and uploaded to YouTube by user psp747, the entire video is worth your time, but the best part (at least in our opinion) is the sunrise that starts 43 seconds in. You can’t, and won’t want to, miss it.

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  • Shayla Maisonneuve

    Very cool, pilots must see some pretty amazing things. I wonder if there is any camera in the cockpit issues?

  • Eden Wong

    Thanks for confirming that piloting a commercial jet is one of the most boring jobs in the world… coupled with great responsibility…

  • Aviator320

    I don’t know what makes you say that, unless you fly an F18

  • Wodan74

    I believe that the ‘boring’ parts are flown on autopilot.

  • Bolkey

    Should’t the sun be at the rigt hand side when flying eastward?

  • Joseph

    No. if you are flying east the sun would be in front of you. you would have to be flying north -northwest for the sun to rise on the right side of the plane

  • Photos4u2c

    I’m an airline pilot. All I can say is flying beats working for a living. I’m typing this in bed at a five star beachfront hotel. Today I work for six hours then I’m off for four days. Yes, there are some boring/relaxing parts but after 15 years of commercial flying I still get a kick out of it.

  • k_nonymous

    I wondered about that as well. Flying from Japan to San Francisco, shouldn’t the sun’s movement in the sky be along a similar axis to the 747’s flight path?