Amazing 11-Year-Old Drone Pilot From Thailand Becomes First Female World Drone Racing Champion

A talented eleven-year-old girl from Thailand recently captured the women’s gold at the first-ever FAI World Drone Racing Championships.

Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong won $8,000 (254,000 Thai baht) in cash prize after beating 12 other female pilots in the tournament’s women’s division on Monday in Shenzhen, China.


During races, pilots wear customized video goggles which are synced with the streaming camera aboard their drone craft. Using a remote control, they fly and maneuver their drone through the first-person view provided by their goggles.


The young drone pilot received the highest score after navigating her drone through a 650-meter-long obstacle course.

“I loved this track a lot. I liked flying it at night, it was a lot of fun,” Wanraya was quoted as saying.

According to Coconuts Media, Wannapong’s biggest supporter is her dad, who helps her practice daily at their own training field.

Wannapong first showcased her phenomenal drone-flying skills to the world in her electrifying debut at the 2018 China Drone Racing Open back in May. She then captured the competition’s top prize by beating out 61 other pilots.


Meanwhile, a 15-year-old Australian drone pilot named Rudi Browning captured the men’s gold and became the event’s overall champion, beating a total of 127 competitors from 34 countries.

Featured image via Instagram/xbladesracing

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