This Instagram-famous pilot’s photos of thunderstorms, blinding sunrises, and the Northern Lights show what it’s like to work from the cockpit at 37,000 feet

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34-year-old Christiaan van Heijst, Dutch senior first officer and cargo pilot, flies the Boeing 747-8 and -400 Freighter — and he’s racked up 8,000 hours of flying time.

Van Heijst is also a travel blogger and photographer. He takes photos of the incredible views he enjoys from the cockpit via his Instagram account, then writes about them on his blog.

From blinding sunrises to the Northern Lights — or navigating his way through a violent front of thunderstorms — scroll down to see some of the insane things he has experienced from 37,000 feet in the air.

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Meet 34-year-old Christiaan van Heijst, senior first officer and cargo pilot. This is his office — he’s logged 8,000 hours flying the Boeing 747-8 and -400 Freighter.

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From 37,000 feet, Van Heijst gets a unique perspective on the world — and he shares his insane photos on his blog and with his 58,000 Instagram fans.

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According to the post above, this photo captures moonlight as it covers the mountains over Iran and Iraq, “giving it a ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ atmosphere.

“Millions of villages and cities pass by and even the burning fires from oil wells in Iraq are glowing in the distance,” he writes.

He enjoys some pretty spectacular views in this line of work.

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