Not everyone's day job includes panoramic views of the northern lights. But for pilots, it's all in a day's work.
British Airways recently asked a number of its pilots for their favorite views from the cockpit. From Sydney Harbor to a perfect glimpse of Mount Fuji, their picks are utterly spectacular (and totally cause us to reconsider a career in aeronautics).
Check out their favorite views* below (and don't forget -- what a pilot sees, you can see too!):
1. The northern lights, when flying over North America
2. Central London, on the approach into Heathrow
3. Mont Blanc, on the approach into Pisa
4. Sydney Harbor, when departing from Sydney
5. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the bay, on the approach into San Francisco* *This photo also shows Angel Island.
6. Greenland, on North Atlantic flights
7. The Venice Canals, on the approach into Venice
8. Table Mountain, on the approach into Cape Town
9. The City of Dubrovnik, on the approach into Dubrovnik, Croatia
10. Mount Fuji, when approaching or departing from Tokyo
*These photos were not taken by British Airways pilots -- they may not represent the exact path of a typical flight into/out of these destinations. However, they are awesome aerial shots.
CORRECTION: A photo of San Francisco previously included in this article purported to offer a view of Alcatraz Island, but showed Angel Island instead; the photo has been replaced to show both islands.
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2. You could see a rainstorm like this off in the distance.
3. Because a solar eclipse at 44,000 ft is pretty cool
4. And seeing the highest point in Africa will take your breath away
5. For the sunrises
6. And the sunsets
7. And waterfalls you'll never see from the aisle
8. You could witness a forest fire
9. And finally understand why everyone thinks Norway is so beautiful
10. You could ride an endless sea of clouds