Spectacular Live Fire Photos Taken By An F-18 Weapons Trainer Officer

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

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.

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

F/A-18E Super Hornet's M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon firing

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Looking aft while firing the Vulcan

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

An air-to-air Sidewinder missile launch, just as it starts leaving the wing

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Sidewinder leaving the wing

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Flying upside down over snowed mountains

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Wingman turning

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Inflight refueling

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Pass over the USS George Washington

Spectacular live fire photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

Catapult launch

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.

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