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ZK-NBW (cn 29375/1228) 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.
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A visitor from France posted Sun October 9, 2011:
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?

A visitor from - posted Sat October 9, 2010:
Spectacular shot! Just amazing!

A visitor from Italy posted Fri October 8, 2010:
Spectacular!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri October 8, 2010:
A really nice shot. The Aurora just seemed to light up ur path. Congrats.

A visitor from - posted Tue June 22, 2010:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 11, 2010:
5 Stars, absolutely beutiful.

A visitor from - posted Sat January 16, 2010:
This is my dream-to see the aurora-in a near distance.5 stars

A visitor from United States posted Tue October 6, 2009:
Incredible shot! I am so jealous.

A visitor from United States posted Tue June 2, 2009:
Truly a once (maybe twice) in a lifetime shot! How often can you see aurora borealis while in a plane?

A visitor from Spain posted Fri May 29, 2009:
This is something that makes us get up every day, fantastic job !!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 11, 2008:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 11, 2008:
Wish I could see them again :(

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 5, 2008:
Beautiful shot, I live just below (yes it's getting really cold already (Sept) but best time of the year for Auroras...Good work!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun July 20, 2008:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue October 30, 2007:
One of the best shots I ever seen! Excellent work and opportunity.
Thanks for posting it.

A visitor from United States posted Sun October 21, 2007:
That looks like the "ultimate peace", during a calm and dreamy night.Congrat's on this 5-star !

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 20, 2007:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon October 15, 2007:
A rare sight to see; a rarer sight to be photographed with such clarity!

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 13, 2007:
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?

A visitor from India posted Sat October 13, 2007:
Hey keep it up!!!!
Its a perfect shot of this magical light
its cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
JAYESH

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 13, 2007:
Amazing picture.I would love to one day see the Northern Lights.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat October 13, 2007:
This is fantastic Tom. Well done.

A visitor from Spain posted Sat October 13, 2007:
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.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 12, 2007:
Had the privilege to work and travel up the Canadian North for years and I will never get tired of this. Very nicely captured !

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 12, 2007:
What a dream photo! I can just imagine being a child once again, looking out the window, and saying "Wow!"

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri October 12, 2007:
Fantastic shot! Great success!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 12, 2007:
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*

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 12, 2007:
Wow! Spectacular shot! A night shot in flight is tricky but getting the northern lights adds much more to it. Great job!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 12, 2007:
I wish I could see that one day. What a magical flight you had!

A visitor from Belgium posted Fri October 12, 2007:
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 ;) !

A visitor from Germany posted Fri October 12, 2007:
Wow definitaly one of the best shots. Five stars are appropriate.

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