Aviation Photo #1278950 Boeing 747-419 - Air New Zealand

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High over Northern Canada enroute to LHR from LAX, and with the moonlight illuminating our wing, I couldn't believe my eyes when I finally saw the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) for the first time. Thanks to Mark & the McCoy family for a wonderful holiday.
England, United Kingdom
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    Tom Collins
    Air New Zealand
    Boeing 747-419
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
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    1228
    ZK-NBW
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    Nunavut
    Canada
    September 30, 2007
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Comments (31)

Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow definitaly one of the best shots. Five stars are appropriate.
Anonymous
9 years ago
WOW It is so beautiful! The green light is stunning thanks to the dark sky. The little winglet reminds us we are not dreaming, we are just flying. Very goos shot! I want to see it for real too ;) !
Anonymous
9 years ago
I wish I could see that one day. What a magical flight you had!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow! Spectacular shot! A night shot in flight is tricky but getting the northern lights adds much more to it. Great job!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow, I can just see everybody's eyes - the flight crew, stewardesses, pax, etc. -- fixated on that beautiful scene. That's what it's all about. What a beautiful moment of sheer beauty, consumed by green light, aviation, and the comforting hum of 4 CF6 engines. 5*
Anonymous
9 years ago
Fantastic shot! Great success!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a dream photo! I can just imagine being a child once again, looking out the window, and saying "Wow!"
Anonymous
9 years ago
Had the privilege to work and travel up the Canadian North for years and I will never get tired of this. Very nicely captured !
Anonymous
9 years ago
Astonomy and aviation together in the same picture. That's one of the most amazing pictures in the whole database. There's something magical to it.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is fantastic Tom. Well done.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing picture.I would love to one day see the Northern Lights.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hey keep it up!!!!
Its a perfect shot of this magical light
its cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
JAYESH
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow amazing photo! The aurora on the left appears to reach the ground! Did they flight crew mention this view at all or did you happen to look out and see it?
Anonymous
9 years ago
A rare sight to see; a rarer sight to be photographed with such clarity!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thanks very much for the comments! Due to it being night-time we were all asked to keep the blinds down, and so it seemed I was the only one who noticed the lights! There was certainly no mention of it from the crew. If anyone's wondering what the dark smudge is on the left below the distant lights, it's actually the formation of the contrails beginning to appear.

One of those unforgettable moments of my life, for sure.

Cheers

Tom
Anonymous
9 years ago
That looks like the "ultimate peace", during a calm and dreamy night.Congrat's on this 5-star !
Anonymous
9 years ago
One of the best shots I ever seen! Excellent work and opportunity.
Thanks for posting it.
Anonymous
8 years ago
This spring we were in Alaska.
Unfortunally we haven't seen the Aurora Borealis,because of the daylight.
It was light for almost 24 hours.
Perfect picture.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Beautiful shot, I live just below (yes it's getting really cold already (Sept) but best time of the year for Auroras...Good work!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wish I could see them again :(
Anonymous
8 years ago
Personally, if I was a pilot of an airplane that is flying this close to Aurora Borealis, I would make an PA and inform the passengers... this is something that passengers would not object to, highly doubt it.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is something that makes us get up every day, fantastic job !!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Truly a once (maybe twice) in a lifetime shot! How often can you see aurora borealis while in a plane?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible shot! I am so jealous.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is my dream-to see the aurora-in a near distance.5 stars
Anonymous
7 years ago
5 Stars, absolutely beutiful.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Perhaps the pilots forgot to tell the passengers about the Northern lights because the were staring at it. Cheers and congratulations fot your magnificent shot. Frank from BUE
Anonymous
6 years ago
A really nice shot. The Aurora just seemed to light up ur path. Congrats.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Spectacular!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Spectacular shot! Just amazing!
Anonymous
5 years ago
What really caught me wasn't the aurora - it was the blurred horizon and near-jet-black sky above. The shadow of the illuminated wing on the aerodynamic fairing gives me the impression that I'm in some sort of low-orbit spacecraft... the sky gives an idea of what space might be like. To sum it up, I feel like I'm flying at night, alone and lost. Anyone else feel the same?

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