From time to time though, some of them do get that peaceful aura, thanks to a combination of setting, timing, and proper photography equipment. And for this this pic here, all these factors came together to create an almost serene image of a war machine.
What we’re looking at is an F-22 Raptor deployed with the 325th Fighter Wing. It is seen here as it flew over the U.S. Virgin Islands back at the beginning of February, on a training mission. Below it we see no land or sea, but just a vast expanse of fluffy white, a blanket of clouds that covered the entire area at the time.
Despite being alone in this pic, the plane was not alone in the sky. Seven other F-22s were up there at the time, taking turns connecting themselves to a KC-135 Stratotanker deployed with the 507th Air Refueling Wing to get their much-needed fill.
It is probably from the Stratotanker that a Nikon camera was pointed at the fighter jet, snapping it in this incredible, Photo of the Day-worthy instance.
And there’s one other thing going for the F-22: it’s incredibly rare (just 195 of them were ever made, 9 of which test aircraft, and the U.S. Air Force is the only one using them), and any sight of it is a reason for celebration for military aircraft enthusiasts.