Carla Thomas, one of two female in-flight photographers for NASA, snaps a selfie while riding in the backseat of a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
“Armstrong Flight Research Center chief pilot Nils Larson and I were flying supersonic runs to note the handling qualities between the single seat and two seat F/A-18 aircraft for the Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT program. Afterwards we did some aerobatic maneuvers, pulling 5 Gs and leaving some contrails.”
Wow. What a gig.