Spectacular Things Pilots See Everyday

Airline pilots are lucky enough to have their office at an altitude of approximately 40,000 feet, which almost guarantees them the most magnificent, breathtaking sights of all; ones that you can’t quite get by looking out of any old office window. These impressive views include both man-made and natural beauties, which just set themselves apart from the rest, including comets and meteors, thunderstorms, lightening streaks, the northern lights, space shuttle and rocket launches, and many more.

Here are some of the stunning sights as seen from the cockpit, which you wouldn’t get to see in the same way anywhere else:

Northern Lights


Now that really is spectacular. Although not exclusively seen from an airplane, the northern lights just look celestial when flying at night, and without the bright city lights, it’s perfect for getting the best view of the beautiful, majestic colours of the aurora borealis.



This impressive image was taken by pilot Santiago Borja whilst flying at an altitude of around 37,000 feet. The shot captures the moment that lightening struck, and you can see how huge this thunderstorm is and just imagine its power. Though stunning to look at from afar, it wouldn’t be at all pleasant to get caught up in it!



A view just as simple as a sunrise easily makes a pilot’s office view more enviable than that of anybody else’s. A sunrise is beautiful anywhere you are, but seeing it from up in the clean air, and with nothing impeding your view just makes it that little bit more peaceful and serene.

The Alps

Now this is a view that you really cannot get anywhere else; only at extremely high altitudes can you see The Alps in all their beauty. Not only that, but this isn’t a view that any regular job permits on a daily basis either!


It’s one of those things that would probably never get boring; you could never tire from seeing The Alps like you would seeing the same old houses across the street.