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Incredible photo of F-16 fighter planes under sky set alight by Northern Lights

Here’s an unbelievable photo shot at Amari Airbase, Estonia.

Taken by photographer Gen Vagula at Ämari Airbase, Estonia, where the aircraft have been deployed to undertake Baltic States air policing duties, this awesome image shows four Royal Danish Air Force F-16 jets parked under a sky set alight by Aurora Borealis.

Aurora (“Aurora Borealis” or “Northern Lights” in the northern hemisphere and “Aurora Australis” or “Southern Lights” in the southern one) is a natural light display caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere).

Ämari, located some 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the southwest of Tallinn, is the second airbase used by NATO to perform QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) duties and provide air defense for those member states that have no fighter jets of their own to secure their airspaces: Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

NATO planes deployed to the Baltics (the other airbase is Siauliai in Lithuania), are often scrambled to intercept Russian planes flying to/from Kaliningrad oblast, performing long-range missions around Scandinavia and the British Isles, or simply spying in the Baltic region.

Image credit: Gen Vagula

 

Join an F-16 pilot on a low level mission over Greenland with a GoPro

HQ video with RDAF F-16s low level over Greenland ice sheet.

Here’s another interesting footage filmed with GoPro cameras of a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 flying along the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, to the DYE-2 radar station, over the icefjord near Ilulissat, over the inspectionship Knud Rasmussen, and over the town of Ilussisat where the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

The RDAF deployed three F-16s from the Fighter Wing Skrydstrup to Greenland. Only two aircraft were fitted with 600 gal extra-tanks borrowed from Portuguese Air Force and and these two (with arctic-day glow missiles – the remaining aircraft was probably a spare) deployed north to Thule AB and south to Nuuk (Greenlands capital).

H/T to Eggert Norðdahl for providing some more details about the RDAF deployment and to John Kristensen for the link to the video

F-16 pilot takes selfie during Arctic surveillance training mission over Greenland

Royal Danish Air Force F-16 planes have deployed to Greenland to undertake an Arctic mission.  Fortunately, Danish pilots took their GoPro cameras aboard.

According to the Flyvevåbnet (Royal Danish Air Force), on Aug. 5 two RDAF F-16s from Skrydstrup deployed to Thule airbase in Greenland, to undertake the first ever “Arctic mission” aimed at training F-16 aircrews in the Arctic SAR (Search And Rescue) mission.

The aircraft arrived in Greenland for the 2-day exercise with a stop-over at Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord) another airport in Greenland.

The Arctic scenario has become one of the Danish defense priorities: among all the other things, the RDAF could be asked to quickly deploy fighter planes to the island to perform surveillance as well as SAR support tasks around the Arctic Circle.

Once again, RDAF pilots took some interesting selfies using their GoPro cameras.

Thule take off

Image credit: RDAF

 

Danish F-16 jets filmed on the firing range hit their own camera

This is not covered by warranty.

Royal Danish Air Force personnel love to film their F-16s using air-to-air and air-to-surface armament. A GoPro screenshot of a RDAF pilot firing an AIM-9 Sidewinder produced one of the coolest selfie ever taken from a fighter jet.

But this love for “action footages” can have some side effects especially if the camera is positioned a bit too close to the ground target of an Mk-84 2,000-lb bomb.

Watch what happens about the 02:30 mark:

 

Ok, it’s not a direct hit, as the camera is only capsized by the shock wave of the bomb. Still, shall we consider it a sort-of Blue-on-Blue incident?

By the way, the footage is interesting as it shows M61 20mm gun strafing runs as well as Mk-82 500-lb bomb drops on the range.

H/T Matthew Markezin-Press for the heads-up

 

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Here’s why F-16 pilots take the most stunning selfies. Such as this one.

Thanks to the F-16′s bubble canopy, which lacks front frames, “Viper” pilots can take the most stunning selfies among fighter jocks.

Here’s another epic self-portrait. It was taken by a Royal Norwegian Air Force pilot flying with the 332 Skv during an Exercise Cold Response 2014′s mission over Tromso fjord.

You probably remember the famous “selfie” taken by a Danish pilot while firing an AIM-9 Sidewinder.

Afghanistan AEF 2012

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

The Lockheed Martin F-16 is equipped with a large single-piece bubble canopy which features no forward bow frame. The pilot sits on an elevated 30° inclined ejection seat (to improve G tolerance) that, combined with the bubble canopy, provide what is by far considered the best 360° visibility of any combat plane in the world.

The perfect plane for cool “selfies”.

By the way, GoPro cameras have taken this kind of photographs to a completely new level.

Top image credit: RNoAF

 

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