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Photographer Snaps Once-in-a-Lifetime Picture of Plane Mid-Flight


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German photographer Birk Mobius couldn’t have known back in 2014, as he pointed his camera around the small aerodrome he was visiting, that he was about to capture an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime moment.

As he casually snapped some pictures of a Boeing 777 cargo plane on a tumultuous 30-minute flight from Frankfurt to Leipzig, the stormy weather positioned the airplane’s path straight through a vivid rainbow – just as a rogue bolt of lightning struck.

The plane, which is owned by German cargo airline company AeroLogic, landed safely at its destination and reported no ill effects from the strike. Mobius, however, was feeling the effects of having caught the once-in-a-lifetime moment on film and knowing it had been a pretty special day. He later said it was “probably the most unique and spectacular” photo he’d ever taken.

Whoa. I wouldn't know what I'm looking at if you had not said so!