The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday released a stunning image showing the cockpit view as a Marine fired a live missile from his F-18.

Cockpit Photo of Marine Firing Live Missile From F 18

Image source: U.S. Marine Corps

From the official Marine Corps description:

Capt. Christopher Prout with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing shoots an AIM-7 Sparrow missile from an F/A-18C Hornet airplane while participating in a deployment for training (DFT) near Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 16, 2013. The DFT prepared the squadron for future combat and contingency operations.

View the full-size image here.

(h/t Business Insider, The Aviationist)