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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 #43

    6-19th MARCH 2019

    MCAS Yuma, Rainbow Canyon, Air-to-Air, NAF El Centro & ‘Red Flag’


    This is an awesome EW programme out to one of the best regions in the planet for aviation photography, as we travel western USA taking in Arizona, California & Nevada has to offer.
    We are very excited to be hitting US Marine Corps action at MCAS Yuma airshow as well as the US Navy at NAF El Centro show, massive exercise action at Nellis AFB during ‘Red Flag 19-2 and travelling to the famed Rainbow Canyon.

    What’s more, we’ve again teamed up with 3G Aviation Media to bring a superb blend of photographic hospitality at a major US airshow (El Centro), as well as air-to-air photography with show participants, plus a dedicated photo chalet during the event as well as night shoot and Workshop!


    The COAP USA West Photo Fest 2019 is going to be a blast!


    (Full Itinerary photographers) Meet COAP at 11:30hrs in London Heathrow at the Air Canada check-in area in Terminal 2 ahead of the flight to Las Vegas.

    London Heathrow T2, Air Canada AC855, departs 14:30hrs
    Arrives Vancouver 16:05hrs
    Transfer to Air Canada AC1898, departs 19:20hrs
    Arrives Las Vegas 22:00hrs

    (Land Only photographers) Meet COAP at the Arrivals Hall in Las Vegas T3 around 22:30-23:00hrs (immigration & customs dependant).
    On arrival we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and meet those arriving from other destinations in the Arrivals Hall around 22:30-23:00hrs before collecting our transport.
    We then head into Las Vegas itself the Excalibur Resort Tower and enjoy two nights in this mouth-opening city ahead of the feast of aviation.
    AREA 51(!): One of the greatest road trips! Out into the Nevada desert, and along the famed Alien Highway, stopping at the famed Little A 'Le' Inn, taking in the sights(!) and ticking an item off many a bucket list, before returning for a second night in Las Vegas.


    ROADTRIP & MCAS YUMA! Today we embark on another road trip across the stunning desert! We travel from Vegas in Nevada south to Yuma in Arizona taking in the sights along the way. At 17:00hrs we enter MCAS Yuma for the Us Marine Corps Twilight show. Expect some interesting acts, challenging photography and pyrotechnics galore! Sunset is at 18:41 and the gates close at 21:00, after which we head to our hotel in Yuma town. 
    MCAS YUMA: The 2019 MCAS Yuma Airshow, where you can expect a slick operation from the US Marine Corps frontline assets and regular US display team action. We hope for the usual showing of the TAC-DEMO and the show participation of the adversary F-5 Tiger IIs. Once the gates close at 16:00hrs we head north towards our overnight stop at Victorville, halfway between Yuma and Rainbow Canyon.

    DAY 5: SUNDAY 10th MARCH
    DEATH VALLEY ROAD TRIP: Driving through the desert terrain towards Lone Pine for two nights, in the heart of the wild west! Expect some great landscape photography opportunities.


    DAY 6: MONDAY 11th MARCH
    RAINBOW CANYON: Today will be spent at Rainbow Canyon in the Death Valley National Park (with all National Park rules adhered to), where we will be trying our luck with this beautiful part of the California low-flying training system. After the shadows overtake the valley floors, we head back to Lone Pine for the night. 

    RAINBOW CANYON: A second day at Rainbow Canyon, before heading south and staying overnight in the desert oasis of Palm Springs.

    PALM SPRINGS WARBIRDS & ROADTRIP: A morning spent at the excellent Palm Springs Air Museum, before heading east to Marana, Arizona and hook up with our 3G Media friends.

    AIR-TO-AIR: Air-to-air photo flights (covered separately) in Arizona. We then head west to El Centro for the next three nights ahead of the NAFEC Airshow.

    DAY 10: FRIDAY 15th MARCH
    NAF EL CENTRO: We have two days of full-on action ahead, from sunrise, through sunset and into the darkness. You will not have attended a show like this before… You will have your own dedicated VIP media chalet and full photography Workshop for sunset and night photography with exclusive access. See later for more information. We start with an easy morning at the fence of NAF El Centro for arrivals and rehearsals. In the afternoon we gather for our special entry into the base ahead of the Workshop & Night Shoot (covered separately).

    NAF EL CENTRO: Today is the NAF El Centro Airshow, with our own chalet thanks to our 3G partners. It really is the best way to do an airshow! (Also covered separately).

    DAY 12: SUNDAY 17th MARCH
    BACK-UP/ROADTRIP: This serves as a back-up day for the air-to-air missions in case of any issues on Thursday 14th. If all clear, we head north to Las Vegas and stay two nights in the city ahead of shooting ‘Red Flag’ action outside Nellis AFB.

    DAY 13: MONDAY 18th MARCH
    NELLIS AFB: A day outside Nellis AFB, home of the fighter pilot, as the busy Exercise ‘Red Flag 19-2’ launches and recovers in the Nevada skies above. There’s some great participants in this edition of this huge exercise.

    DAY 14: TUESDAY 19th MARCH
    NELLIS AFB: A second day outside Nellis, ahead of our return flight out of Las Vegas this evening, for which we check in with Air Canada at 19:00hrs.
    Las Vegas T3, Air Canada AC1854, departs 23:50hrs

    Arrives Toronto 07:05hrs.
 Transfer to Air Canada AC868, departing 09:30hrs
    Arrives London Heathrow, Terminal 2, 20:20hrs


    For more info on the Air-to-Airs and NAFEC Workshop, please login to your COAP account to see the embedded PDF or contact us for more information.

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    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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