The intricate ballet-like precision of airport operations relies on everything working in perfect order, especially takeoffs and landings. Watching just a snippet -- five hours -- of aircraft landings condensed down to 26 seconds may give you a better appreciation for the order needed to keep you safe in the friendly skies.
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Filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker planted his camera outside San Diego International Airport and captured every landing that happened on Nov. 23, 2012 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. He then set the footage on fast-forward to create a mesmerizing time-lapse.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.