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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 #48 Lite


    We recognise that time is precious and this is a short, sharp and very sweet photography trip to Japan, solely concentrating on the operations of the F-4s at Hyakuri from the superb vantage points at the base. Numbers are rapidly dwindling, with the RF-4s in their final year of ops. Expect all sorts of lighting conditions in this land of awesome action!

    This is as short as you can do a trip to Japan - three days in-country with travel time either side, which sees an arrival in Tokyo of Sunday 14th April, three full days at Hyakuri and then overnight in Tokyo on Wednesday 17th ahead of a departure from Japan on Thursday 18th.

    The Land of The Rising Sun holds some of the most exotic machines and squadrons in the world.
    Travel to Japan often takes a chunk of time, perhaps more than two weeks due to the distances involved and the amount to see. However, we recognise that time is precious and the enigmatic Phantom is in its final days so this is a short, sharp and very sweet photography trip to solely concentrate on the operations of the F-4s at Hyakuri from the superb vantage points at the base.

    Numbers are rapidly dwindling, with the RF-4s in their final year of ops and just one squadron of F-4EJs left. Expect all sorts of lighting conditions and, due to the spring season, some beautiful colours in this land of awesome action!

    This will be our 22nd time shooting in Japan, we know it well. It is time to travel to the Land of The Phading Phantom again and let the adventure begin!



    Departure flights from London available.

    DAY 2: SUNDAY, 14th APRIL
    Arrival in Tokyo and meet with fellow photographers and transfer to Mito.

    DAYS 3, 4 & 5: MONDAY 15th, TUESDAY 16th, WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL
    HYAKURI: THE place to be for JASDF Phantom action. This base has excellent photography locations and we will be shooting all of the F-4 variants that are in action, in all light conditions, from all vantage points. We will spend the whole time at Hyakuri, ensuring we get as much F-4 action as possible! There is one squadron of F-4EJs with reasonable numbers, whilst the recce RF-4 squadron will finish a year from now. A “Phantom Phest!” whilst you still can!
    At the end of flying ops on Wednesday, we drive back to Tokyo ahead of our flight home the next day.

    Depart Japan (and London flight arrives home).



    This EW is now open for bookings. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    1) Login to your COAP Account. You can then view the outline itinerary and costings.
    2) Click the "Book Now" button to download the PDF booking form (visible when you login)
    3) Fill the form in and e-mail it to us.
    You will be notified of your success or otherwise within 48hrs of application and asked to make the EW and TC payments accordingly.


    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.

Hours of photographic operations
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