This futuristic night view of Las Vegas was captured from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules when it was landing after a training mission, during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, on February 9th 2015. [Senior Airman Thomas Spangler/U.S. Air Force]
Red Flag always results in awesome pictures because downtown Las Vegas and Nellis are separated by fewer than 10 miles of completely flat ground, with no visual obstructions whatsoever. The strip is almost directly perpendicular to the two 10,000 foot runways. The lights of Vegas make for one hell of a backdrop to the runway.
My favorite night-time shots of Vegas during Red Flag:
What happens in Vegas doesn't always even make itself to the people in Vegas. The B-1 is the perfect plane for a backdrop of the bright lights from the strip. It looks so sinister!