Selfie with Dreamliner: F-16 pilot takes self-portrait photo with Boeing 787 on his left wing

Jun 10 2014 - 4 Comments

Another selfie taken by a Dutch F-16 pilot flying alongside the first Dutch Boeing 787-8.

Here’s an interesting series of selfies, taken by GoPro cameras, showing Arkefly airline’s first 787-8,  the first Dreamliner in the Netherlands, welcomed by the RNlAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) F-16 Demo Team.

The RNLAF F-16 Demo Team 2014-2015 is made of personnel from both the 323 and 322 Squadrons, based at Leeuwarden Airbase. The team consists of one display pilot, Captain Jeroen “Slick” Dickens, four display coaches, eight technical specialists and a webmaster.

RNlAF Demo with 787 back

As the images shows, the Boeing 787 was intercepted by two Dutch F-16s in standard QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) configuration (that is to say, by armed aircraft) whose pilots wore JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) instead of the characteristic Demo Helmet you can see in these images.

RNlAF Demo with 787 side

Image credit: RNlAF Demo Team

 

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  • FlyingBarrister

    Those photos depict well the amount of flex designed into the wings of the 787. The mfrs. have taken different steps to address the vortices that roll off the wing tips, and once used winglets, which had their own efficiency problems.

    The Nederlanders have helmet tracking and cueing in their F-16’s.

  • Ben

    love the 787…such a beautiful aircraft…

  • pbug56

    Really nice photos of a beautiful plane!

  • P

    “Here’s an interesting series of selfies, taken by GoPro cameras, showing Arkefly airline’s first 787-8, the first Dreamliner in the Netherlands, welcomed by the RNlAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) F-16 Demo Team.”