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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 #1

    A structured, purely photographic visit to the best shooting locations outside the main air bases in Japan, led by professional aviation photographers.

    LOCATION: Japan
    SUBJECT: The best photographic locations outside the main SDF air bases, some for the final time before re-structure, under the guidance of pro shooters with full experience of SDF operations.
    DATE: 10-22 April 2016
    PRICE: From £1778 land only (no longhaul or domestic flights, see later), or £2769 with longhaul and domestic flights included.
    CAPACITY: 6x photographers
    INCLUDES: Full price includes flights, hotels, photo coaching, all logistics, booking and admin.

    JAPAN: Exotic Wings overview
    COAP's Exotic Wings excursions are not traditional Assignments. They involve travel to all corners of the globe, off the beaten track. 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. Ideal for photographers that want something different and love the thrill of the chase.

    The Land of The Rising Sun holds some of the most exotic machines and squadrons in the world. There's many options to travel out to Japan, and this one is purely for the photographer. It will not be a case of spending a few hours at each base or not knowing where to go in this foreign land. Indeed, two days EACH will be spent at both remaining F-4 Phantom bases. You'll be in the company of pro shooters that have been to Japan countless times and this is your chance to do the same. The JASDF is undergoing a considerable re-structure that will see a lot of units move home base (including a Phantom squadron and the Aggressor squadron), so this is a last chance for example to see the famed Nyutabaru in all its fast-jet F-4 and F-15 glory.
    It is important to note that the Aggressor squadron will be moving from Nyutabaru between April and June. If it has already re-located we will travel to the new home at Komatsu.



    Fly out on Sunday 10th April
    Arrive Tokyo Monday 11th, fly down to Kagoshima
    Tues 12th: Nyutabaru (F-4s and F-15s)
    Weds 13th: Nyutabaru (F-4s and F-15s)
    Thurs 14th: Tsuiki (F-2s)
    Fri 15th: Ozuki and travel to Miyazaki (T-5, JMSDF training base)
    Sat 16th: Kanoya, plus flight Kagoshima to Tokyo
    Sun 17th: JASDF Museum at Hamamatsu
    Mon 18th: Hamamatsu (T-4, E-767)
    Tues 19th: Iruma (U-125, U-4, T-4, C-1, YS-11 multiple variants)
    Weds 20th: Hyakuri (F-15, F-4 multiple variants)
    Thurs 21st: Hyakuri (F-15, F-4 multiple variants)
    Friday 22nd: Leave Japan and Arrive UK

    The full itinerary, with all hotel, flight and logistic information is online HERE.


    You are very welcome to book your own longhaul and domestic flights. If you prefer to do so, then it is recommended that you undertake the bookings of both longhaul and domestic flights at the same time to get the best price (it works that way in Japan).
    Alternatively, sit back and let us do all the work for your logistics!
    Please indicate during booking.

    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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