Lieutenant Chris Nigus sent us a jaw-dropping selection of spectacular images he took while flying on missions during the last couple of years of his deployment in Japan. Above you can see him flying at a low level in Japan’s well known Orange Route.
Some of the images below even feature weapons firing from his Super Hornet.
F/A-18E Super Hornet’s mighty M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon firing.
An A2A Sidewinder missile launch, just as it departs the wing – Who knows where to?
Aft looking image while firing the Nose Cannon.
Left Wingman flying out of formation.
Sidewinder dis-attaching from the wing – FIRE!
Mid-Air refuelling from the tanker!
Inverted flight between mountains in the F/A-18E
Passing over USS George Washington
Launched off of the catapult.
A huge thanks to Chris Nigus for the friendly go ahead to use his images.
Additional readings –
What it’s like to fly CAS with IS militants
Life as a fighter Pilot – Summarised
Fighter jets – Compared
The Mach Loop – Speed / Sound / Afterburners
Author – Jake Meilak