Blow your mind by peeping the Northern Lights from 70,000 feet

Pilot Ross Franquemont captured some incredible views on his journey via a high-altitude spy plane.

Meet Ross Franquemont, a pilot from North Carolina, he goes by the name "Extreme Ross."

From 2005 to 2019, Ross flew the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane from Beale Air Force Base in California.

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Lockheed's U-2 is a spy plane that soars at altitudes as high as 70,000 feet. It's used by US intelligence agencies like the CIA for high-level reconnaissance.

Franquemont's flights put him face-to-face with some of the most dazzling spectacles, including the Aurora Borealis.


"I had no idea how fast the aurora moved and changed. It danced around, changing shape several times a second. That made it a challenge for the photographer in a spacesuit sitting in shaking metal can moving 500 mph."

Ross Franquemont

Ross' photos capture the incredible views from 70,000 feet that only a select few are lucky enough to see.

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The Aurora Borealis is not the only subject that "Extreme Ross" captured on his travels. Check out this incredible view of the Afghan desert.

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The Hindu Kush.Extreme Ross

Ross also captured an eclipse in beautiful detail. Check out the virtual reality version on YouTube.

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Ross offers prints and memorabilia, where you can buy large-size versions of his most impressive works, on his online store.

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