Assignments

‘Up close and operational’ shoots with the world’s military.

COAP has decades of professional experience in journalism and photography in the engagement with military air arms across the world. As such, Assignments will be undertaken to frontline units that will see small groups of dedicated photographers embark on specific Assignments to visit the units, experience squadron life, be positioned amongst the action and meet the men and women on an operational base. These visits are strictly for photographers and are dedicated to spending quality time in the best vantage points, all executed with full security and safety procedures in place. Often such visits will result in a publication being available to the host unit after the event for their own purposes, as well as a Workshop to produce the end product. Some Assignments will also have a Masterclass built into them, whereby aircrew or specialist aviation photographers will present to the group in a relaxed, interactive format.

UK-based Assignments will raise money for charitable organisations associated with specific host units.

• Go ‘up close and operational’ with the world’s military
• Small groups of dedicated photographers, spending quality time on the frontline
• Shadow the pros and develop your technique
• Workshop/Masterclass often built into the assignment
• Produce stunning end results
• Raise money for charity

  • Would I recommend COAP to anyone? Without hesitation. It is a fantastic experience for anyone who likes taking aviation photos. The Centre of Aviation Photography is without a doubt the best thing I have done for my photography.

    Robert, Workshop attendee.

  • It was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments to be quite honest.

    Mark, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • What doesn’t change are the principles of great access and the opportunity to test and enhance your photographic skills not to mention the social side of gathering with fellow enthusiasts.

    Ian, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • I came out of the Workshop buzzing! A very enjoyable, relaxed and well planned event. I learned that the photograph is the end product, but getting that end product takes a lot of learning, a lot of effort, and on my part, a different way of thinking.

    David, Workshop attendee.

  • It was brilliant and exhilarating

    Mark, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • In a word: Superb. Nothing but praise from start to finish.

    Rolf, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. It was nothing short of amazing. I'm so passionate about my photography and finally feel I have found a place to learn more with COAP. And to top it all one of the pilots wants one of my images!

    Mark, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • Holding a camera doesn't make a person a photographer, same as holding a driving license doesn't make someone a driver… COAP is a game changer. My thinking totally changed after the Wroskhop

    Adrian, Workshop attendee.

  • I look forward to the next ops – I’ve got the air-to-air bug for sure!

    Ian, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Thoroughly enjoyable insight into life on a front-line RAF squadron with unparalleled photographic opportunities. Exceptional.

    Leigh, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • We never shot from the same place twice; between the different vantage points, the changing light and weather, and the reversal of flight ops as the wind switched, there was such a variety to the photographic opportunities.

    Steve, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • It was an incredible rush.

    Erik, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • It was just truly incredible and something I will never forget. I didn’t just have such an amazing time and snapped some beautiful aircraft, I met amazing people who I am still in contact with.

    Josef, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • These have been immensely enjoyable, well run, good value bearing in mind the opportunities they deliver and all with a great social atmosphere, comradeship and not forgetting the essential ingredient of a good dose of banter!

    Tim, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • It was extremely informative and taught me a lot about taking aviation pictures even though i have been doing it for thirty years. I can’t wait to try things out.

    Andy, Workshop attendee.

  • The rush of looking out from the open ramp at the aircraft that get really close is amazing. This really is something you have to have experienced as an aviation photographer. The opportunity that COAP and Aviation Photocrew gave was amazing.

    Erik, Air-to-Air Shooter.

  • Exceptional, unrestricted access to life on a front-line squadron that is normally denied to members of the public. An excellent visit and I have to pinch myself to bring home the fact that I really was there and I was that close .

    Ian, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • Long days and an epic week that none of us will ever forget with experiences that will live for us forever. Fantastic COAP trip.

    Carl, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • I can quite categorically say that was the most important and inspirational click on a mouse in my life and completely changed how I approach all my photography and editing.

    Mark, Workshop attendee.

  • This was such an exhilarating experience, something that I’ll never forget. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, but now I’d like to repeat this on a regular basis, it’s so addictive!

    Darren, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Air Combat EU provided a simply exhilarating experience for my first air-to-air back seat photography flight. Any feelings of apprehension were allayed by the support and ideas given during both the pre-flight briefings and the flights themselves. The pilots were knowledgeable, safe and informative throughout the entire experience and I constantly caught myself smiling even when I was upside down!

    Carl, COAP ACE Graduate.

  • I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be that good! So much variety and so much time face to face with such fantastic machines, as well as some really good company for three days.

    Chris, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • The course will show what is involved in the planning and execution of an air-to-air sortie to produce the type of images that you see in books and magazines.

    Mark, COAP ACE Graduate.

  • The opportunity to fly with Air Combat EU and COAP was a fantastic chance to experience the planning and execution of backseat air-to-air photography. Under the expert guidance of the COAP pros and former fast jet crews the results were better than I could have ever hoped for as a ‘first timer’. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the experience.

    Neil, COAP ACE Graduate.

  • Assignment #8

    This two-day Assignment will embed you will the men and women of the 493rd FS ‘Grim Reapers’ of the 48th FW at RAF Lakenheath for an unforgettable experience of life and action amongst this special community. The visit will result in a special e-book for the unit, commemorating its dedication to defending liberty.

    ASSIGNMENT SUMMARY
    LOCATION: 493rd FS, RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk
    SUBJECT: The men, women and flight operations of the ‘Grim Reapers’ F-15C Eagles
    DATE: 26-28 October 2015 (FULL NO MORE PLACES)
    PRICE: To Follow
    CAPACITY: 20x photographers
    INCLUDES: Hotel 2x nights (B&B basis), transport and driver, Workshops, book production, plus all logistics, booking & admin.

    493rd FS: Overview
    The Air Superiority of the F-15C Eagle has never been questioned and the 493rd FS at RAF Lakenheath is a leader amongst the Eagle community. Having served the ‘Defending of Liberty’ from RAF Lakenheath since 1994, the type is entering its final years of service as the USAF streamlines and this visit will represent an unforgettable chance to experience ‘Grim Reaper’ ops and life on an operational USAF squadron.

    The Assignment will cover fully operational photographic access in all areas and photography conditions (night and day) and will result in a commemorative e-book for the personnel of the 48th FW, and also include an evening Workshop.

    TIMETABLE
    Operational timetable to be confirmed, Dates to be confirmed

    Day 1: Monday 26 October
    Arrive at hotel for an evening Workshop.

    Day 2: Tuesday 27 October
    Sample day…
    08.00hrs: Safety and Security briefing of the day’s operations
    08.30hrs: HAS area for start-up and taxi out.
    09.00hrs: Mid point of the runway for take-off
    09.30hrs: Squadron building tour
    10.30hrs: Touch down point for landing, back to HAS for return taxi
    11.30hrs: EOR for taxi out and take-off
    12.00hrs: Lunch
    13.00hrs: HAS area for recovery
    13.30hrs: Crew room for pilots getting ready and follow to jet
    14.00hrs: HAS area for star-up and taxi
    14.30hrs: Mid point of the runway for take-off
    15.00hrs: Briefing on 493rd FS
    16.00hrs: Static jet in front of HAS, armed, with pilot, and perhaps elevated platform.
    17.00hrs: EOR for taxi out and take off
    18.00hrs: Touch down point for landing, back to HAS for return taxi
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    19.30hrs: Photography Section 6 (QRA night shoot)

    Day 3: Wednesday 28 October
    Sample day…
    Added events for the second day…
    Repeat/adjust any of the previous day’s vantage points/events
    Control tower for take off
    EOR or taxiway for taxi back after landing
    Pilot posed in cockpit
    Pilot and groundcrew performing staged walk-round checks
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    19.30hrs: Night shoot in front of a HAS

    BOOKING
    Booking a place on any of our Operations requires you to join COAP first (free) and login into the site thereafter. Once you have done this, you will have access to Register your name for an event (and therefore be contacted directly when more details arise) or to actually Book your place if the event is ready to go. If an event is ready to receive your Booking, you will be redirected to the IAAT Booking page to fill in the required form.

    QUESTIONS?
    Questions about the Operations of the Event? E-mail Rich on rich@centreofaviationphotography.com or call direct on +44 (0)7768 816029

    THE SMALL PRINT: All dates are preliminary until confirmed and ready for booking. All events are subject to change (especially the Assignments, as they are conducted with operational squadrons) and are subject to security, operational, technical or weather issues. As such, COAP, Service Providers and the respective militaries are not responsible for cancellation at any stage, bad weather or non-flying activity. Safety and Insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Safety and insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Please note that some Assignments can be very, very physically demanding, in extreme weather, for extended periods of time, with intense , fast-moving activity and any bookings are accepted on that basis. If you have any questions about the physical undertaking, please get in contact.

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