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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 #59

    This itinerary will take you to San Francisco for an excellent, high class week of photography.

    This would include some amazing action and photographic opportunities at the California Capital Airshow (one of the best in the State for photography) and the spectacular scenes of the US Navy Fleet Week. Between the two pinnacles of aviation action, we'll be undertaking exclusive 'bucket list' items like the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz, as well as special one-off food and drink special excursions in The Bay area (think Napa Valley wines, a Whisky Fest, plus the Sonoma Raceway, potential fire-fighters on call, USS Hornet aircraft carrier museum, Seaplane flights over San Fran). A super cool week.

    In-country travel will be from 3rd to the 14th October and is currently being costed - expect more news very soon!

    (Images by Mike Henry and USN)


    Thursday 3rd October: Meet San Francisco International Airport.

    Friday 4th October: California Capital Airshow, Arrivals Day: Superb air show, excellent photographic facilities on offer (sunrise, sunset, night, photo pit etc).

    Saturday 5th October: California Capital Airshow, photographer packages available.  
    Sunday 6th October: California Capital Airshow, photographer packages available.
    Monday 7th October: McClellan Field. Firefighters Attack Base and USCG, plus Aerospace Museum. 
    Tuesday 8th October: Empire Gold Mine State Park and afternoon at Firefighters Master Base.
    Wednesday 9th October: Travis AFB Museum.
    Thursday 10th: San Francisco, free day to explore, street photography.
    Friday 11th-Sunday 13th October: US Navy Fleet Week throughout the San Fran Bay area.
    Friday 11th October: Napa Valley wine tour with lunch via cable car. Four winery tasting sessions, lunch and photo ops. US Navy Fleet Week.
    Saturday 12th October: Alcatraz. US Navy Fleet Week.
    Sunday 13th October: Free Day at Fleet Week.
    Monday 14th October: Seaplane over the city/bay. Return to San Francisco airport.


    All costings will include ATOL protection, Travel Counsellor services, Hotels (twin share), all booking, logistics, travel and admin costs, hire of transport, all tolls, taxes, car parking, fuel, meet and greet and services of COAP Photo Manager. (Flights to USA available on request).



    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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