Phenomenons from the flight deck
This is truly heavenly weather – as pictures taken from an airplane cockpit reveal what pilots see from above.
It looks like at cruising altitude the weather really hots up, with the flight deck revealing some amazing scenes.
Thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds, lightening streaks across the sky like cracks in a windscreen, the Northern Lights sweep uninterrupted across the sky and the galaxy stretches on forever.
The pictures were captured by senior first officer Christiaan van Heijst, a 33-year-old from the Netherlands, and his friend Daan Krans.
Together the two run the company Amazing-Aviation.
Christiaan said: “When viewing a big storm of Northern Lights or an active thunderstorm I feel very small and insignificant, compared to the raw energy, beauty and size that plays out in front of me.
“The Northern Lights, with its massive strings of coloured light, starting high above the airplane and extending 500kim into space, each dancing, vibrating and so fast and furious, is almost impossible to photograph properly.
“I feel very privileged that I can somehow translate these views with my camera into something that can be shared, viewed and appreciated by anyone.”
Flying large cargo planes around the world, Christiaan takes photos from cockpit when his fellow pilots are flying, and when the thunderstorms are not so severe as to greatly affect the flying.
Christiaan, who began learning to fly as a 14-year-old, said: “Ever since I started my first job as a pilot, I felt the need to capture the atmosphere of the unique views that I had from the cockpit.
“My colleagues were very supportive since they could now show their loved ones at home what our job was like from the cockpit.
“I know very well that trying to take a perfect picture is an eternal and fruitless goal, but I do my best and allow my viewers the sometimes jaw-dropping views that I share with them.”