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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 #46

    This EW is a USA Airshow Fest, with the best photography opportunities possible!

    You will be attending the MCAS Beaufort Air Show - a showcase of the airpower and machines of the US Marines - with your own VIP photo chalet & exclusive night shoot, and go air-to-air with some amazing performers on the arrivals day.

    We also hit the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing airshow at Peachtree, Georgia as well as the hot US Air Force action at the Seymour Johnson AFB airshow.

    A short, sharp hit packed with action!

    (Full Itinerary photographers) Meet COAP at 07:00-07:30 at Heathrow at the Virgina check-in area ahead of the flight to Atlanta.

    London Heathrow, Virgin Flight VS103, departs 10:10 Arrives Atlanta 14:40

    (Land Only photographers) Meet COAP at the Arrivals Hall of Atlanta at around 15:30-16:00 (immigration & customs dependant).

    On arrival we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and meet those arriving from other destinations in the Arrivals Hall around 15:30-16:00 before collecting our transport.

    We then drive to Walterboro, South Carolina, to hook up with our 3G Media partners ahead of the aerials the next day - straight into the action!

    DAY 2: THURSDAY 25th APRIL AIR-TO-AIR: Today will start with safety briefings and preparations for the air-to-air flights ahead. You will be in the hands of two professional teams (COAP & 3G) to deliver an incredible experience. Note that full caveats apply and there is more detail later in this document.

    DAY 3: FRIDAY 26th APRIL WINGS OVER DIXIE MEDIA DAY: We join this great show’s Media Day for the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing airshow. Expect a heavy D-Day flour, with WW2 veterans, re-enactments and warbirds at close quarters. At the end of the day, we head back east to MCAS Beaufort ahead of the show the next day.

    MCAS BEAUFORT, WITH VIP MEDIA CHALET & SUNSET-NIGHT SHOOT: This picturesque base is home to no less than five squadrons of F/A-18C/D Hornets of the US Marine Corps’ MAG-31, as well as a USMC F-35B Lightning II unit and the Royal Navy test machines. Expect some full-on US Marine Corps action! PLUS! You will have your own dedicated VIP Photographer’s Chalet and pro photography Workshop for sunset and night photography with exclusive access. Once the night shoot has finished, we head north to stay half way towards Seymour Johnson AFB.

    DAY 5: SUNDAY 28th APRIL
    SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB: Home to an entire wing of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, we enjoy the action at this major USAF airshow. We are working on Media accreditation.

    DAY 6: MONDAY 29th APRIL
    We depart for Atlanta to drop off for the flights back home. Full package flights are on Virginfor our flight to London; latest recommended check in is two hours prior to departure: 18:00. Land Only travellers will be dropped here at the same time.

    Atlanta, Virgin Flight 104, Departs 20:00
    Arrives Heathrow, 09:20, Tuesday 30th

    AIR-TO-AIRS: Details in the PDF
    COSTINGS: Details in the PDF

    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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