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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 #60

    A high class, quality week of photography on the US West Coast!

    Dates: Meet Reno, Nevada, 16th October, depart San Diego, California, 24th October
    Cost: From £1980

    A super week of photography and leisure time in the beautiful San Diego area and some serious US Navy action the deserts of the US West Coast - with some legendary social time and road trips in the mix.

    • Visit the USS Midway aircraft carrier!

    • Shoot the San Diego Air & Space Museum!

    • Experience US Marine Corps action at MCAS Yuma!

    • Join the brilliant NAFEC Photo Call! And fill up at the infamous Burgers n Beer roll call!

    • US Navy operational Carrier Air Wing action!

    • Visit San Diego's famous beaches!

    • Roadtrip across California!

    • Photo Expedition at the world-famous San Diego Zoo 

    • Harbour Tour of the Historic Naval Shipyards by boat

    • Super cool San Diego Craft Brewery Tour.

    • Enjoy brilliant social times in the trendy bars & restaurants around Downtown San Diego!


    Wednesday 16th October: Meet Reno, Nevada.

    Thursday 17th October: US Navy Carrier Air Wing operational photography action.

    Friday 18th October: Fly to San Diego and free afternoon along the bay, with relaxed street photography in the markets and waterfront area.

    Saturday 19th October: Special San Diego excursions... Included in the package are a Photo Expedition at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, a Harbour Tour of the Historic Naval Shipyards by boat, and a super cool Craft Brewery Tour. 

    Sunday 20th October: The USS Midway aircraft carrier, plus Road Trip across California into Arizona!

    Monday 21st October: MCAS Yuma.

    Tuesday 22nd October: The brilliant NAF El Centro Photo Call, with our 3G Aviation Media partners.

    Wednesday 23rd October: Travel with Road Trip photography.

    Thursday 24th October: The world-class San Diego Air & Space Museum, departing via San Diego in the evening

    All costings will include ATOL protection, Travel Counsellor services, Hotels (twin share), all booking, logistics, domestic flight, transfers, in-country 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).

    NOTE! New online form. Click the red Book Now button and you’ll be taken to a simple online booking form. Fill it in and submit and we’ll be in contact within 48hrs. 

    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.

Hours of photographic operations
available through COAP this year!
Hours of expert training
available through COAP this year!
Hours of expert insider knowledge
available through COAP this year!