No fake, it's the real thing. Often, the light is different in the background than on the plane due to variations in the haze and overcast. I never had much control over the conditions, when they asked me if I wanted to go up, I'd grab my gear and go!
I have always wanted to check out that museum. It is only 30 minutes away. Mmmmmmmmm.....sound like that would be a good father/son outing. That will give Momma some "MommaTime" and give Dad some points!!!!