SOUTHEND Airport played host to famous YouTube streamer MrBeast as he shot his latest video featuring a multimillion dollar challenge.

The mega-rich streamer, who regularly attracts millions of views with his quirky 'challenge' videos, filmed his latest production at the Essex airport.

He invited 11 other renowned YouTubers to place their hand on a private jet – which had landed at London Southend Airport prior to the challenge and was worth $2.5m – and hold it there for as long as possible.

The last person to be in contact with the jet won it.

The winner successfully completed the challenge after holding his hand on the side of the aircraft for 18 hours, with the video since attracting 17 million views in less than 24 hours.

John Upton, chief executive of London Southend Airport, said: “Facilitating such a production is fantastic for raising awareness of our great location, so close to London and serving the East of England.

“The airport team, many of whom are MrBeast fans, were delighted to safely enable and support the production.”

Watch MrBeast's private jet challenge here:


London Southend Airport staff were given an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of the multimillion-dollar challenge as they supported the filming over a full 24-hour period.

To offset the environmental impact of the challenge, MrBeast made a reforestation donation to The Arbor Day Foundation.

The airport was chosen thanks to its runway and hanger visuals, while its proximity to central London provided ease of access for a full production that included crew, participants and MrBeast himself.

North Carolina-born Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, is credited with pioneering a genre of YouTube videos based on expensive stunts.

Donaldson began posting videos to YouTube in early 2012 at the age of 13.