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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 #39A/B

    Concentrating on the JASDF F-4s at Hyakuri, these will be two purely photographic visits to Japan to take in some of the best that this awesome country has to offer. There are two itineraries, one that runs 23rd November to 3rd December and covers Tsuiki and Hyakuri, and another that runs from 30th November to 15th December travels to Naha and Hyakuri.

    Your travel with COAP will ensure you are part of a small, flexible and photography-focussed group, offering the highest degree of flexibility to ensure a maximum return from as many vantage points as possible (and not forgetting a great social scene!).


    The Land of The Rising Sun holds some of the most exotic machines and squadrons in the world. These two EW photography visit to Japan will cover three of the JASDF’s major 2018 airshows and concentratie on the operations of the F-4s at Hyakuri from the superb vantage points at the base.

    EW39A: The plan begins with EW39A which starts with Tsuiki, home to the blue-coloured Mitsubishi F-2s, with a full day at the base’s action-packed JASDF airshow.
    We then return to spend the rest of the entire week at Hyakuri, in a structured, purely photographic visit to the best shooting locations outside this Phantom super base with the aim of catching as much F-4 operations as possible.
    The F-4s are in their last days and we look forward to shooting them in as many different lighting conditions as possible, with base operations, airshow rehearsals and visitors on the agenda, before the show action itself over the weekend.
    EW39B: For those on EW39B, the plan begins with the Hyakuri Airshow, home of the last JASDF F-4s. This is a very busy and popular show!
    We then change pace with a transfer to the almost tropical island of Okinawa, home of the JASDF F-15s at Naha, as well as a host of USAF and USMC assets elsewhere on the island.
    We then transfer back to Hyakuri for three days of operational Phantom flying from the excellent outside vantage points.
    This will be our 19th time shooting in Japan, we know it well. It is time to travel to the Land of The Rising Sun again and let the adventure begin!

    All you need to do now is choose between EW39A or EW39B..! And, if you want to combine both, then get in contact and we will tailor that plan for you.


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    EW39A: Hyakuri plus Tsuiki

    From £1595 Land Only, over 11 days (23 November - 3 December) 

    Tsuiki Airshow (beautiful blue F-2s)
    Hyakuri operational flying and airshow rehearsals/arrivals (five days, F-4s)
    Hyakuri Airshow (the last time all three F-4 units will be together)

    (Please note, single room accommodation).

    EW39B: Hyakuri plus Naha

    From £2068 Land Only, over 16 days (30 November - 15 December) 

Hykuri Airshow (1x day, F-4s)
Okinawa, Naha & Kadena (5x days ops and rehearsals with JASDF, JMSDF, JGSDF, and possibly the last time before the new Naha runway is finished)
    Naha Show (1x day as above, the biggest cross-section of Japanese forces in one base)
Hyakuri operational flying (3x days, F-4s)

    (Please note, single room accommodation at most of the hotels).


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    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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