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Exotic Wings & Exotic Wings Extreme

Bringing you the best opportunities in aviation photography…

Travel to the action, immerse yourself photography, shoot rarities, visit ‘bucket list’ destinations, experience the thrill of the chase, learn from specialists all over the world, enjoy a fantastic social scene… There really is nothing like it.

COAP has decades of professional experience in delivering aviation photography, whether it’s a professional and enthusiast engagement across military air arms and commercial operators, visiting airshows or conducting air-to-air photography sorties.

These operations are strictly for photographers and are dedicated to spending quality time in the best vantage points, often executed with local knowledge and experience in place, and sometimes working towards a specific end result for our hosts.

Such visits may include a Workshop tutorial or have a Masterclass built into them, whereby aircrew or specialist aviation photographers will present to the group in a relaxed, interactive format.

The EW Extreme operations include travel off the beaten track, and are more suited to the dedicated photographer that loves the thrill of the chase. They offer a chance to travel with pro aviation shooters, with in-country experience and local contacts, which otherwise may be too daunting or difficult to achieve. Not for the faint-hearted, you never know what you are going to get on the adventure, but if you do come away with results they will surely be of the highest and rarest quality.

Exotic Wings overview…

•  Small groups of dedicated photographers, spending quality time immersed in aviation photography.
•  Shadow the pros and develop your technique.
•  Workshop/Masterclass often built into the assignment.
•  Produce stunning end results.
•  Solid travel itinerary.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exotic Wings #13

    An unmissable chance to spend time in the UK’s best photographic locations on the military and preservation scene, guided by experts, with Workshops.

    LOCATION: The finest military and preservation shooting locations in the UK.
    SUBJECT: Frontline fighters, plus warbird air-to-air, workshop and museum.
    DATE: 6-15th October 2017
    CAPACITY: 8x photographers
    INCLUDES: Hotels, all logistics, booking and admin, plus Workshops. Air-to-air separate costings.

    THE UNITED KINGDOM: Assignment overview
    Join COAP’s world-class British aviation photographers for a guided tour of some of the UK’s finest vantage points for military and preservation photography.
    Expect to visit the Wales low-level flying areas, the best vantage points at the two busiest RAF frontline stations (RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth, with Typhoons and Ex Joint Warrior), plus special set-ups on the preservation scene including air-to-air photography (separate costing), Workshop, and a visit to the IWM Duxford.


    Want to experience some of the best the UK has to offer? We have put together a comprehensive, action-packed 8-day package to bring you some of the best photography of military and preserved action that Great Britain has to offer.

    Join world-class aviation photographers for a guided tour of some of the UK’s finest vantage points for photography outside some of the UK's most famous locations.

    Expect action from the UK military and preservation scenes, including the Wales low-level flying areas and the best vantage points outside the two busiest RAF frontline stations (RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth, with Typhoons), the latter during the busy Exercise ‘Joint Warrior’. 

What’s more, there will be special set-ups on the preservation scene and we are working towards air-to-air photography with a Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover including a Workshop by a world-famous warbird photographer, and a visit to the IWM Duxford.

    All the while you will be in the company of COAP for an experience and ongoing week-long Workshop to hone your photography and take it to the next level.

    Included in the accommodation list is two nights in the famous WW2 ‘Dambusters’ Officers Mess in Woodall Spa.

    This Assignment should yield some excellent results from some fascinating subjects, especially for those that have not been to the UK before.

    TIMETABLE, 6th-14th October 2017
    (Friday 6th October: Arrive at a London Heathrow hotel).
    Day 1, Saturday 7th October: Travel to Kent for a Workshop and an air-to-air sortie with a Spitfire over the White Cliffs, plus workshop from world-famous warbird photographer. Flights are under a separate costing (tbc), though Workshop is included.
    Day 2, Sunday 8th October: Imperial War Museum, Duxford and fly to Inverness.
    Day 3, Monday 9th October: RAF Lossiemouth, for RAF fast jet action with the resident Typhoon squadrons as well as the busy ‘Joint Warrior’ multi-national exercise.
    Day 4, Tuesday 10th October: A return to RAF Lossiemouth, before flying south to Manchester.
    Day 5, Wednesday 11th October: A day in the Mach Loop to learn the low-down and ‘do’s and don’ts’ of this low-flying location.
    Day 6, Thursday 12th October: RAF Coningsby, fighter town! Two frontline Typhoon squadrons plus the training unit, Operational Evaluation squadron and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
    Day 7, Friday 13th October: Return to RAF Coningsby and return to London.
    Day 8, Saturday 14th October: Back-up day for the air-to-air or free day in London.

    Joining & Booking

    1) SIGN UP:
    Click any of the big green buttons to create an account to sign up for free.
    2) WATCH YOUR INBOX: Once this is ready to book we will contact you directly.
    3) BOOK: Login to the site and this page will become live for bookings. All you need to do is click the red button and fill in the booking form (and remember to pack your camera!)

    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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