Purple Lightning and Death from Above in Afghanistan

By Sam Biddle on at

This looks like it should be airbrushed onto the side of a really tacky t-shirt, but it's actually quite real! An Air Force F-15E near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, illuminated by apocalyptic lightning.

It must be nerve-fraying enough to drop JDAMs on Taliban without, y'know, hitting the wrong thing. But skies like that? I'd happily be the photographer that day.

Photo: USAF