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quality aviation photography and Air-to-Air photowork in particular. We
hope to please you with our images while you fly through our website and
hopefully we'll meet one day high in the skies.
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published on our website. On the left side you can find the photo reports
we made during the years. Please have a look at our port-folios and our
services we offer to help you with
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The Aviation PhotoCrew is a small team
of enthusiastic photographers with the same passion for aviation. In the
past years we have had the opportunity to do a lot of Air-to-Air photowork
all around Europe, which can be found in the galleries on our website.
Sure you know what RIAT is all about, for the Aviation
PhotoCrew it is the biggest project of the season. We are very privileged
to fly a lot of photomissions all across Europe, and most of them
are great and superb, but in terms of ‘BIG’ the photoflights
in the week of the Royal International Air Tattoo are on top!
> 13-04-2019: Battle of
Britain Memorial Flight
BBMF, the "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" is
the part of the Royal Air Force keeping some of the alltime iconic
British warbirds alive, along with aircraft that flew in World War
II. For the 2018 season, the BBMF is flying a rather huge formation
called "Trenchard" with their C-47, Lancaster, 3 Spitfires and 2
Hurricanes. How fantastic and unique would it be to see that formation
in the air...and that's exactly the once in a lifetime opportunity
the Aviation PhotoCrew got on the day before the RIAT photomissions.
> 07-04-2019: Yeovilton
Air Day 2018
The prime PR-event of the Royal Navy has been for
many years the airshow at NAS Yeovilton. It is one of the most important
airshows in the UK and each year again they manage to get some really
special participants. The Aviation PhotoCrew is enjoying a longstanding
excellent relationship with the airshow team, and so it was our
job again to provide all the Air-to-Air photowork. The weather was
no challenge this time, although a tropical 30+ °C all the time
is not ideal either.
> 02-04-2019: Duxford Legends
For many pilots and aircraft owners Duxford airfield
is a kinda ‘special’ airfield. They have several additional
flight regulations, and most of all ( as we could experience first
hand ) it is outreageously expensive to operate from its grounds.
Of course that is just a sidenote, as it is also home to some of
the most exclusive warbird collections in the world, and we were
the lucky team to organise a photomission with some of those iconic
> 27-03-2019: B-17 Sally
Early july our team embarked to the UK for a few
very exciting weeks, flying 4 projects in a row! Busy 10th anniversary
season. To fly a dedicated photomossion with the sole flying B-17
in Europe has been a wish for many years, and after a small taste
to see a Flying Fortress next to the Skyvan photoship in 2016, the
desire to see this magnificent aircraft from all angles only got
bigger. Elly Sallingboe and her team have achieved an incredible
challenge to keep the B-17 flying in the European skies, not just
for a few years, but for decades in a row!
> 22-02-2019: Finnish Airshow
Our final project in the Scandinavian tour brought
us to the airbase of Jyvaskyla, our longest way from home so far!
The Finnish Air Force was to celebrate its 100th anniversary, but
not by inviting a load of other Air Forces. Instead they focused
on all the flying assets the Finnish Air Force had and has to offer,
along with a presentation of the newest jetfighters taking part
in the contest to replace the current F-18’s. that combination
made this airshow very interesting for us, as we would have a chance
to see some aircraft join up on the Skyvan photoship that hardly
go out of Finnish airspace.
> 15-02-2019: Swedish Air
Force Historical Flight
The third project in our Scandinavian tour was going
to be a real challenge, as we only had 1 single day to fly the photomissions…so
it had to be good weather! The forecast was promising, but in the
week before the event started to change like every day. The idea:
to see join-ups of the fantastic aircraft of the Swedish Air Force
Historic Flight, the magnificent and ultra unique collection of
Saab aircraft. Dream big, so we wanted all of them...
> 01-02-2019: Danish Airshow
In the 2016 we went for the first time to Denmark,
to fly the photomissions for the Danish Air Force airshow held that
year at Skrydstrup airbase. The corporation and photo result were
so fantastic, that the next airshow from the Danish Air Force was
already planned in our schedule at that time… This year the
host airbase would be Aalborg, home of the C-130’s. The second
project as part of our ‘Scandinavian tour’ brought the
Skyvan photoship to the airfield of Sindal, home for the Aviation
PhotoCrew and a super team of participating photographers in the
> 27-01-2019: Norwegian
One of the highlights of our tenth season, was shooting
the only airworthy F-104 Starfighter in Europe over Denmark’s
Kattegat. The Starfighter is an iconic aircraft that was operational
in abundant numbers when some of the older members of the Aviation
PhotoCrew grew up. During the first half of the 1980s it was replaced
mainly by the F-16, but it left an ever lasting impression on all
of us that experienced the long smoke trails, the howling of the
J-79 engine in the circuit and the Starfighter’s aerodynamic
shape with its long fuselage, short wings and T-tail. And it didn’t
disappoint in real life, doing passes past our Skyvan!
> 22-01-2019: Wittmund
In the 2016 season we spend a fantastic day at the
famous airbase in North Germany, with the aim to see the iconic
A-4 Skyhawk flying a formation with the Eurofighter. After two successful
flights we promised to come back, and so our 2018 season opened
with another project at Wittmund. This time the mood was a bit different,
a mixture between sad and super excited as we knew that this would
be thé final chance ever to see the A-4 Skyhawks flying in
> 21-04-2018: Sanicole Airshow
When the ‘little’ worldfamous airshow
of Sanicole is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary you can expect
a pretty good airshow…but it’s always a really good
airshow, so how do you celebrate in style? To make it a super brilliant
airshow of course! Needless to say that the photoflights would be
set at the same level.
> 25-02-2018: Yeovilton
Air Day 2017
We were looking forward to return to Yeovilton,
as we enjoy a superb corporation with the Royal Navy and the airshow
team. Unfortunately one of our main targets – the sole flying
Sea Vixen in the world – made a belly landing just weeks before
the airshow, and so ended a dream of many photographers to see this
magnificent aircraft air to air.
The other target that everyone wanted was an ultra rare species
of a white Tiger! Since the French Marine was host of the TigerMeet
in june of this year, one of their Rafales was adorned with a superhot
tigerschedule and we were waiting for them of course along the great
coastal area. The Rafales did not disappoint, and gave us two incredible
> 17-02-2018: Royal International
Air Tattoo 2017
Open the gates of aviation paradise…and let
your memorycards be filled with superb shots of participating aircraft,
teams and helicopters….welcome to RIAT 2017! Where do we begin
with such a giant program of all incredible aircraft posing for
us, one after the other….well, we were airborne for 16+ hours
just for the photos!
> 10-02-2018: Sanicole Airshow
Just like RIAT for military airshows, the word ‘Sanicole’
echoes home of one of thé best civilian airshows in the entire
world. Each year again, the little worldfamous airfield in Belgium
present an airshow of superb quality, with some unique participants.
As Sanicole is also the place where we shaped the success of the
Aviation PhotoCrew, our longtime partnership for the air to air
photomissions are a guaranteed success.
> 04-02-2018: Royal International
Air Tattoo 2016
RIAT, Royal International Air Tattoo…..does
this airshow really needs an introduction? Well if you don’t
know, it is the worlds biggest and most famous military airshow!
With our Aviation PhotoCrew, we were more than priviledged to fly
the photomissions, and for our preparations we teamed up with our
friends from COAP.
> 30-01-2018: Yeovilton
Air Day 2016
Yeovilton Air Station is the primary airbase for
the Royal Navy, host for the annual Air Day. It’s a major
airshow in Europe with participants from many different countries,
and what’s special about the Air Day is that they manage to
attract each year a few aircraft that are absolutely unique. Continuing
our solid corporation from previous year, the Aviation PhotoCrew
hosted a team of photographers joining us for the naval adventures.
> 24-01-2018: Danish Airshow
The Aviation PhotoCrew was privileged to have for
the first time an extensive corporation with the Danish Air Force,
on the occasion of their bi-annual airshow. The location was their
main fighter base Skrydstrup, we would fly the Skyvan photoship
from the nearby Sonderborg airfield. The photo area we had chosen
was along the coastline, to include some of the beautiful backdrop
Denmark has to offer.
> 16-01-2018: Royal Netherland
Air Force open days 2016
2016 Marked the last year for a very large airshow
in Dutch airspace, as the Air Force will only host a new airshow
once every two, three years. So this edition of the ‘Open
Dagen’ was certainly one where the public would have a blast
with the offered program. Thé highlight of course was the
first presentation of the Lockheed F-35, not the ugly mock-up, but
the first two real aircraft who flew over from the USA. And so we
were ready and excited to fly the Skyvan photoship to catch up with
> 16-05-2017: Belgian Air
Force Demonstration Teams 2017
On May 16th, the Belgian Air Force presented their
demonstration teams for the upcoming Airshow season. Three teams
were showcased at the Beauvechain Air Base, the “Red Devils”,
“A-109 Display Team” and the “F-16 Solo Display
> 08-04-2017: Belgian Air
Force Days 2016
In 2016, the Belgian Air Force Days took place at
Florennes AB over the weekend of June 25-26. During the event the
70th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force was celebrated. The organization
attracted a lot of participating aircraft to the show coming from
all over Europe.
> 06-04-2017: Wittmund Air
Wittmund Air Base in Northern Germany is home of
the famous Taktisches Lufftwaffengeschwader 71 “Richthofen”
Squadron. Since the retirement of the F-4 Phantoms in 2013, the
Squadron successfully transitioned to the Eurofighter. The base
also houses a detachment of Discovery Air Defence, a company specialized
in providing military training services. They operate a fleet of
seven A-4N Skyhawks contracted to the German Air Force, Army and
> 19-06-2016: Anatolian
Konya Air Base in Central Turkey is well know being
the home of the national demonstration team “Turkish Stars”
and being the host of the “Anatolian Eagle” exercise.
The international Anatolian Eagle 2016-2 exercise was organized
from May 30th- June 10. During the exercise two missions were flown
every day with one morning wave and an afternoon wave, each with
up to 60 aircraft involved in the exercise. The exercise was attended
by 7 participating Forces; Turkish Air Force, Turkish Navy, Italian
Air Force, Royal Netherland Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Royal
Saudi Arabian Air Force and NATO.
> 05-04-2016: European Airshow
The 2016 edition of the EAC Convention took place
at Malta. The annual convention was held from March 3-5.
As usual the actual convention started on Friday with the introductions
and opening address by EAC Executive, Charles Skiera and EAC Chairman,
Gilbert Buekenberghs. The more than 200 guests (a record) were then
welcomed by the minister of tourism and aviation, Edward Zammit
> 03-04-2016: Vulcan - Farewell
2015 saw the Vulcan XH558 flying it’s very
last Airshow season. Since 2007 the mighty AVRO Vulcan returned
to the Airshow scene thanks to the great effort made by the Vulcan
to the Sky Trust and the thousands of people who supported the project.
Dubbed “The Spirit of Great-Britain”, she safely flew
250 Hrs in the skies above Great Britain, showing her grace to millions
of people. During the past years, the Vulcan really impressed and
was a highlight on every Airshow she visited, it was called the
“Vulcan-Effect”. The Aviation-PhotoCrew was honored
to fly several times with the Vulcan, and 2015 we had the great
pleasure to fly with here on three unique occasions.
> 16-03-2016: USAF Heritage
The USAF Heritage Flight Foundation provides 40–60
annual demonstrations at events ranging from open houses and airshows
to sporting events, parades and funerals. Heritage Flights seek
to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served
in the USAF while educating the general public on the importance
of the USAF and its mission.
The 2016 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course took
place at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson (Arizona), March 3-6. The qualification
course provides the civilian and military pilots the opportunity
to safely fly in formation to prepare for their upcoming airshow
> 08-02-2016: New York -
New Years Eve
Last year we had the tremendous idea to celebrate new
years eve in the city that never sleeps, the big apple, … You’ve
guessed it right: New York.
Our plan was to do a helicopter flight with the famous FlyNYON.
early in the week. This way we could see the ball drop on Times
Square on new years eve. Thing turned out differently!
> 21-01-2016: Culdrose Air
Culdrose was a first time for the Aviation Photocrew
and was remarkable in many ways.The Air Station is one of the major
home bases of the Royal Navy, located in the idyllic Cornwall region.The
main goal of this trip was to catch the only airworthy Sea Vixen,
but we got to see much more.
> 29-11-2015: Air-to-Air
From Wednesday September 16th till Monday September
21st, the Aviation Photocrew organized the sixth Air-to-Air Academy
during the 38th International Sanicole Airshow and the Spottersday
at Kleine-Brogel. Staging out of Zwartberg Municipal Airport just
south of Kleine-Brogel Air Base, a total of 12 photo-flights were
made, in close cooperation with the Belgian Air Force and the airshow
> 26-11-2015: KB Airpower
Kleine-Brogel is one of two home bases of the F-16
fleet of the Belgian Air Force. It houses two operational Squadrons
(31 and 349 Sqn) and the Operational Conversion Unit. Currently four
F-16’s wear a special color-scheme, one for each Squadron plus
the F-16 demo aircraft. This photoreport is overloaded with F-16's
in many different colors.
> 21-10-2015: BelgianAir
Force Days 2014 report
It took us some time, but the extensive report on the
Belgian Air Force Days 2014 is now online. Over the period of six
days, a whole array of aircraft and helicopters came posing behind
the Skyvan photoship. This resulted in a big collection of great images,
summarizing the huge success of the Airshow.