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A visit to the stratosphere

'Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;

To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;

To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;

Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.

Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;

Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain.
Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;

For each of us is created to die.
And within me I know,
I was born to fly'



A unique view into a completely different world high up in the air.
The Alps from above
The Alps from above
The Blue Nile - Sudan.
The Blue Nile - Sudan.
Moonrise over Greenland
Moonrise over Greenland
Aurora Borealis over the ice-covered Arctic Ocean
Aurora Borealis over the ice-covered Arctic Ocean
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
An arc of Aurora Borealis over Canada
An arc of Aurora Borealis over Canada
Aurora with the 747 wing view
Aurora with the 747 wing view
Northern Lights during sunrise as seen from the cockpit
Northern Lights during sunrise as seen from the cockpit
Arc of Aurora as seen from the cockpit
Arc of Aurora as seen from the cockpit
Northern Lights with the 747 wing
Northern Lights with the 747 wing
Northern Lights during sunrise
Northern Lights during sunrise
Thunderstorms at night
Thunderstorms at night
Thunderstorms at night
Thunderstorms at night
Milky Way over Egypt
Milky Way over Egypt
Northern Lights and thunderstorms over Canada
Northern Lights and thunderstorms over Canada
Thunderstorms at night
Thunderstorms at night
Aurora Borealis as seen from the 737
Aurora Borealis as seen from the 737
Moonlight and clouds over the Atlantic at night
Moonlight and clouds over the Atlantic at night
Chasing the moon over a cloudy Southern Russia two nights ago. Cities below the clouds pass by, billions of stars above us and t
Chasing the moon over a cloudy Southern Russia two nights ago. Cities below the clouds pass by, billions of stars above us and t
Sunrise over China
Sunrise over China
Sunrise over Mongolia
Sunrise over Mongolia
Full moon over the Himalaya mountains
Full moon over the Himalaya mountains
Flying over Iranian - Kurdistan
Flying over Iranian - Kurdistan
Dubai Palm Island in the evening
Dubai Palm Island in the evening
Flying high over a Winter-Turkey landscape
Flying high over a Winter-Turkey landscape
The Sahara desert
The Sahara desert
The Sahara desert
The Sahara desert
Northern Lights and Night Glow
Northern Lights and Night Glow
Luxembourg and the river Mosel
Luxembourg and the river Mosel
Chasing 747-8 over the Pacific
Chasing 747-8 over the Pacific
Lake Michigan during long exposure
Lake Michigan during long exposure
New York by sunrise
New York by sunrise
Aurora Borealis over Canada
Aurora Borealis over Canada
Thunderstorms over Kyrgyzstan with a full moon
Thunderstorms over Kyrgyzstan with a full moon
Moonlight over the Himalaya... under a thick layer of clouds
Moonlight over the Himalaya... under a thick layer of clouds
Sunset over Holland
Sunset over Holland
Sunrise over Newfoundland
Sunrise over Newfoundland
Bright shooting star and the Milkyway
Bright shooting star and the Milkyway
Buenos Aires by night
Buenos Aires by night
Northern Lights over Canada
Northern Lights over Canada
Greenland - Ice & water
Greenland - Ice & water
Ukkusiksalik National Park, Canada - Reflections in millions of lakes
Ukkusiksalik National Park, Canada - Reflections in millions of lakes
Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
Tian Shan mountain range - Northern China
Tian Shan mountain range - Northern China
Nightflight over China.
Nightflight over China.
Northern lights, milky way and shooting star
Northern lights, milky way and shooting star
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) as seen from the 747-8 flightdeck
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) as seen from the 747-8 flightdeck
Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis
Sunset over Northern Iran
Sunset over Northern Iran
Sunset over the Bay of Bengal
Sunset over the Bay of Bengal
Colors in the Kutchh White Desert, India
Colors in the Kutchh White Desert, India
Southern Pakistan, near the Indian border
Southern Pakistan, near the Indian border
Sunset over Turkey
Sunset over Turkey
Chicago by night
Chicago by night
Africa from above
Africa from above
African nightflight
African nightflight
Moonlight over the Alps
Moonlight over the Alps
About to cross Greenland, very high up North
About to cross Greenland, very high up North
Fisheye view of the galaxy at night
Fisheye view of the galaxy at night
Moonlight and clouds over the Atlantic
Moonlight and clouds over the Atlantic
Moon over the Atlantic
Moon over the Atlantic
Nightflight over the Sahara, Mikyway
Nightflight over the Sahara, Mikyway
Sandstorm over Doha, Qatar
Sandstorm over Doha, Qatar
Iran from above
Iran from above
Moon-lit clouds over China
Moon-lit clouds over China
Night sky over Oregon. Northern Lights and a shooting star
Night sky over Oregon. Northern Lights and a shooting star
Moonrise
Moonrise
Floating lights
Floating lights
The milky way at night
The milky way at night
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
Botswana
Botswana
Kazachstan - winter landscapes
Kazachstan - winter landscapes
Mongolia - wintertime
Mongolia - wintertime
Bangkok from the air
Bangkok from the air
St Petersburg - Russia
St Petersburg - Russia
The Amazon - Brazil
The Amazon - Brazil
Greenland
Greenland
Stormy night
Stormy night
Chicago skyline
Chicago skyline
Lunar illumination
Lunar illumination
The Algerian Sahara
The Algerian Sahara
Colors of sunrise
Colors of sunrise
Urumqi mountains, China
Urumqi mountains, China
Sunset
Sunset
Sunrise
Sunrise
Weather over Brazil
Weather over Brazil
Flight over the Amazon
Flight over the Amazon
Cahora Bassa - Mozambique
Cahora Bassa - Mozambique
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Buenos Aires - Argentina
The French Alps at sunset
The French Alps at sunset
Kinshasa and the Congo river
Kinshasa and the Congo river
The Amazon - Brazil
The Amazon - Brazil
Paris by night
Paris by night
Beijing at night, from 11km altitude
Beijing at night, from 11km altitude
Sunset over Mongolia
Sunset over Mongolia
Greenland
Greenland
Greenland
Greenland
South Chinese Sea
South Chinese Sea
Clouds in the Austrian Alps
Clouds in the Austrian Alps
Landinglights in the clouds
Landinglights in the clouds
Moon over Paris
Moon over Paris
Sunset
Sunset
Nightflight
Nightflight
Burning sunset
Burning sunset
The Sahara
The Sahara
Approaching the Canary Islands
Approaching the Canary Islands
Day's end
Day's end
Night Flight
Night Flight
Last seconds of the day
Last seconds of the day
Athens by night
Athens by night
Reflection of a dream
Reflection of a dream
Sunset over Spain
Sunset over Spain
Madrid by night
Madrid by night
Paris by night
Paris by night
Last rays of light
Last rays of light
Fire in Greece, North of Athens
Fire in Greece, North of Athens
Greece
Greece
Where ocean and desert meet
Where ocean and desert meet
Sunset over Holland
Sunset over Holland
Pyrinees at dawn...
Pyrinees at dawn...
The other side of sunrise
The other side of sunrise
Ile de Groix
Ile de Groix
Flying in a rainy night
Flying in a rainy night
Illumination
Illumination
The Red Sea
The Red Sea
Sands of Sahara
Sands of Sahara
Rome at night
Rome at night
Night over Germany
Night over Germany
The Street of Gibraltar
The Street of Gibraltar
First Light
First Light
Lightning in the clouds below
Lightning in the clouds below
The world from above
The world from above
Egyptian coastline
Egyptian coastline
Sunset over France
Sunset over France
Atlantic sunset
Atlantic sunset
Snow in Spain
Snow in Spain
Venice
Venice
Sunset over Portugal
Sunset over Portugal
Approaching the Portugese coast
Approaching the Portugese coast
Flying over France
Flying over France
Stardust...
Stardust...
Dawn of a new day
Dawn of a new day
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Flying into the night
Flying into the night
Holland by by night
Holland by by night
Sunrise over the Alps
Sunrise over the Alps
The office
The office
Bordeaux at night
Bordeaux at night
Seconds before sunrise over the Alps
Seconds before sunrise over the Alps
The night-lit cities gliding underneath
The night-lit cities gliding underneath
La Gomera, Canary Islands
La Gomera, Canary Islands
Sunset over the Atlantic
Sunset over the Atlantic
The setting sun between the clouds
The setting sun between the clouds
Ursa Major guiding us home
Ursa Major guiding us home
Sunset
Sunset
Moonlight over Italy
Moonlight over Italy
Moon over Italy
Moon over Italy
'Night-Shining' luminescent clouds
'Night-Shining' luminescent clouds
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
Sunset behind the plane
Sunset behind the plane
Colours as the night comes in...
Colours as the night comes in...
Moonrise over the Atlantic
Moonrise over the Atlantic
Moonlight over Europe
Moonlight over Europe
Earth on fire?
Earth on fire?
Thunderstorm at night
Thunderstorm at night
Dark lines in the atmosphere during sunrise
Dark lines in the atmosphere during sunrise
Navigation chart
Navigation chart
Flying High
Flying High
Sunset over Africa
Sunset over Africa
Sunset
Sunset
Sunrise over the Northsea [Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye]
Sunrise over the Northsea [Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye]
Sunrise between the clouds
Sunrise between the clouds
The Alps underneath a layer of clouds
The Alps underneath a layer of clouds
Halo around ... me?
Halo around ... me?
Sunrise over the cloudy hills of Spain
Sunrise over the cloudy hills of Spain
The colours of dawn
The colours of dawn
Dawn
Dawn
View over the Atlantic ocean
View over the Atlantic ocean
Tenerife in sight
Tenerife in sight
Brussels at night
Brussels at night
Approaching the Portugese coast at night
Approaching the Portugese coast at night
Dutch sunsets are sometimes like paintings...
Dutch sunsets are sometimes like paintings...
Fire in the sky
Fire in the sky
Dutch coast during in the evening
Dutch coast during in the evening
Sunset, clouds and ships at sea
Sunset, clouds and ships at sea
Last bits of sunlight
Last bits of sunlight
German mountains
German mountains
Paris at night
Paris at night
Belgium at night
Belgium at night
Zeeland
Zeeland
Eastern Alps
Eastern Alps
Midnight above Europe in summertime
Midnight above Europe in summertime
Holland during our approach to Schiphol
Holland during our approach to Schiphol
The Balkan from the cockpit
The Balkan from the cockpit
Greece
Greece
Fires near Athens
Fires near Athens
The Balkan
The Balkan
Extremely high clouds in the far North.
Extremely high clouds in the far North.
Sunset over the clouds
Sunset over the clouds
Morning over the Alps
Morning over the Alps
Cloud over France
Cloud over France
distant clouds
distant clouds
Sunset over France
Sunset over France
The Thames and the setting sun over London
The Thames and the setting sun over London
Sunset over the Northsea
Sunset over the Northsea
Sunset at The Hague
Sunset at The Hague
Setting sun above the Mediterranean
Setting sun above the Mediterranean
Afghan valley and clouds
Afghan valley and clouds
Navigation chart of Northern France
Navigation chart of Northern France
Mist in the Alps
Mist in the Alps
sunset
sunset
Italian Alps
Italian Alps
Sunset above the clouds
Sunset above the clouds
Last rays of light over Holland
Last rays of light over Holland
Cloudsfront over Germany
Cloudsfront over Germany
Sunset over the clouds
Sunset over the clouds
Sunset over the Balkan
Sunset over the Balkan
Clouds on this afternoon
Clouds on this afternoon
Strange clouds over the Atlantic
Strange clouds over the Atlantic
Sunset from the air
Sunset from the air
Huge CB above kabul
Huge CB above kabul
Sunrise above Kabul
Sunrise above Kabul
Rays of light
Rays of light
Sunset
Sunset
Last rays of light
Last rays of light
Sunset
Sunset
Sunrise and clouds
Sunrise and clouds
Clouds near Barcelona
Clouds near Barcelona
Sun between cloudlayers
Sun between cloudlayers
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunrise above the clouds
Windy cloud
Windy cloud
Clouds over Southern Germany
Clouds over Southern Germany
Clouds over Italy
Clouds over Italy
Window view
Window view
last rays of light
last rays of light
clouds
clouds
Sunrise cockpit
Sunrise cockpit
view
view
Denmark
Denmark
Denmark
Denmark
The sun
The sun
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunset
Sunset
Northsea
Northsea
window view
window view
Big CB over the Pyrinees
Big CB over the Pyrinees
alphs
alphs
office view
office view
Clouddeck
Clouddeck
Sunset over the Northsea
Sunset over the Northsea
Glareshield sunset
Glareshield sunset
Sunset over the Northsea
Sunset over the Northsea
Surfing the clouds!
Surfing the clouds!
Sunset over Holland
Sunset over Holland
Clouds over the Northsea
Clouds over the Northsea
clouds over the sea
clouds over the sea
Flying into the sunrise
Flying into the sunrise
Sunrise above the clouds
Sunrise above the clouds
Santorini emerging from the dark
Santorini emerging from the dark
cloudswamp
cloudswamp
Dodging CB's
Dodging CB's
The Pyrinees at sunset
The Pyrinees at sunset
Mountains
Mountains
Overview of Nice
Overview of Nice
The world under our wings
The world under our wings
Cloudlayers
Cloudlayers
Hills with contrailshadow
Hills with contrailshadow
Sunset with wing
Sunset with wing
Turning towards the sun
Turning towards the sun
Island in the Mediterranean
Island in the Mediterranean
Huge line of CB's
Huge line of CB's
Last light
Last light
Huge CB's over Spain
Huge CB's over Spain
Cloudy
Cloudy
Sunrise above Spain
Sunrise above Spain
Sunrise above the Pyrinees
Sunrise above the Pyrinees
Sunset over the Atlantic
Sunset over the Atlantic
Sky over Africa
Sky over Africa
Beautiful sky over Africa
Beautiful sky over Africa
Taking pictures of the sky
Taking pictures of the sky
Moisture in the air
Moisture in the air
Where ocean and desert meet
Where ocean and desert meet
Sahara
Sahara
Sahara and engine
Sahara and engine
HinduKush mountains
HinduKush mountains
Ipod
Ipod
Valley in Afghanistan
Valley in Afghanistan