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

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

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  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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

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