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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David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.