Spectacular Aerial Photos Taken By an F-18 Weapons Trainer Officer

By Jesus Diaz on at

US weapons training officer Lieutenant Chris Nigus sent us a series of spectacular photos taken while flying on missions during the last couple of years of his deployment in Japan. Above you can see him flying low level in Japan's Orange Route. Some of them show weapons firing from his F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

F/A-18E Super Hornet's M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon firing

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Looking aft while firing the Vulcan

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

An air-to-air Sidewinder missile launch, just as it starts leaving the wing

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Sidewinder leaving the wing

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Flying upside down over snowed mountains

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Wingman turningSpectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Inflight refueling

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Pass over the USS George Washington

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Catapult launch

Lieutenant Chris Nigus is a Weapons Training Officer with the Strike-Fighter Squadron VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, in Japan.


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