“Selfie” of an F-16 pilot while firing a live Air-to-Air Missile

Mar 03 2014 - 13 Comments

This is the ultimate “selfie”: taken from the cockpit of an F-16 launching a Sidewinder missile.

Update: here’s the video of the flight during which the selfie was taken.

Self-portrait photographs (nowadays known as “selfies“) have always been a must among fighter jocks and you can find thousands taken by military pilots in the most unusal flight conditions.

However, selfies taken while launching missiles are much more rare just because firing activities involving the launch of an air-to-air missile don’t take place too often.

Kudos to the Royal Danish Air Force for taking this really cool image.

By the way, the pilot depicted in the image wears a JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) a multi-role system that enhances pilot situational awareness and provides head-out control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors.

The helmet can be used in an air-to-air role, combined with the AIM-9X missile, as High-Off-BoreSight (HOBS) system, that enables pilots to cue onboard weapons against enemy aircraft merely by pointing their heads at the targets to guide the weapons.

In this case the missile launched by the Danish F-16 is an AIM-9L/M.

Image credit: RDAF

Enhanced by Zemanta
  • R.Lopaka

    Is this the helmet with a heads up system for directing the 9X? Is this the advanced O2 mask? How long have they been active?

    • http://franciscobenito.es/ Francisco Benito

      The helmet is a JHMCS, and its use is more to aim than to direct the missile. With it, the pilot can target a bandit that is not visible through the HUD, as the helmet displays the symbology.
      Regarding the mask, it is a MBU-20/P and I think it’s been in service for some years now. It is part of the Combat Edge system, I think.

    • http://franciscobenito.es/ Francisco Benito

      Seems my previous comment didn’t get through ¿??¿
      The helmet is a HGU-55 with JHMCS, used for cueing the missiles seeker head before launch, allowing launches when target is not visible through the HUD, cause it displays the symbology wherever the pilot is looking.

      The mask is a MBU-20/P, I think it is part of the Combat Edge equipment, and it’s been in service for some years now.

  • TalonDriver

    looks like taken out of a GoPro Video;)

    • A_Mongolian

      Seems like it. There is a GroPro on the windscreen.

  • sleeplessinva

    “By the way, the pilot depicted in the image wears a JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System)
    a multi-role system that enhances pilot situational awareness and
    provides head-out control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors.”

    Yes, it certainly enhances pilot situational awareness so as to know when and where to smile when the missile fires. The perfect accessory to pick up next time you’re buying your GoPro HD. It will make all your inflight selfies that much more awesome.

  • Need a Brake

    GoPro video is the only way to go…nice article

  • Alton X Lam

    Now, imagine a photo “bomb”.

  • Micaiah

    Ummm…. is there jet fuel in that wing?

    • JoeOvercoat

      88 gallons capacity, each wing.

  • VSTOL

    without a doubt a great fake note that camera would have to face pilot don’t see aft facing rig of any sort also odd dark area in left reflected in pilots visor seems to be outside cockpit also AIM 9 launches at tremendous speed seems to be way too in focus to the point that vert stripes a clearly visible very few digital cameras are capable of capturing such speed … if true amazing but doubt it

    ” two things I hate … people who are tolerant of other people and the Dutch”

    - Austin Powers Fager

    • cencio4

      Fake?
      Visit the site tomorrow at 12.30PM GMT and you’ll see if it’s a fake.
      BTW it’s not a Dutch pilot, but a Danish one.

  • Jim

    There are cameras and recorders from nearly every angle in our fighters,, this is not a “Selfie” ,, wow.. did a teen see this picture and think it was? ROTFLMAO