Lieutenant Chris Nigus sent us these 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.
F/A-18E Super Hornet's M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon firing
Looking aft while firing the Vulcan
An air-to-air Sidewinder missile launch, just as it starts leaving the wing
Sidewinder leaving the wing
Flying upside down over snowed mountains
Pass over the USS George Washington
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.
This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic and striking photography.