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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 #68

    Ahhh the NATO Tiger Meet… Still one of the best and most popular exercises in Europe, with a concentration of military fast jets, operational action and dazzling colour schemes. This year will see us travel to Portugal to shoot all the action and we will once again be doing our time-friendly short and sharp hit… Enough time to cover all the action, take in the sights and sounds, sample the regional food & drink and visit some beautiful sights, and back in time to not lose too much precious time away from home and work.

    What to expect:

    • • Visit the 2020 NATO Tiger Meet.
    • • Shoot multiple European air forces in action.
    • • Visit the superb Portuguese AF museum
    • • Shooting culture, architecture and sights around historic Lisbon, all with local cuisine and great social times!


    Saturday 16th May: Meeting in the Arrivals Hall of Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport International Airport late morning (exact time TBC), we then transfer to a quality hotel in the heart of this historic, beautiful capital city. Rather than race around for the whole trip, this will be our base for the duration. The location of the NTM means that hotels and amenities are sparse and this is a far more relaxed, quality way to travel.

    Sunday 17th May: The NATO Tiger Meet Airshow. This is a public event and we will be there from start to finish. No further details are known at this time.

    Monday 18th May: A relaxed, social morning will be followed by an exclusive 'Historic & Trendy' guided tour of Lisbon for the afternoon, with street and architecture and landscape photography expected. A great social evening then lays ahead!

    Tuesday 19th May: Today will be spent at the excellent Portuguese Air Force Museum, followed by another social evening with good food and drink in Lisbon.

    Wednesday 20th May: This is the NTM 2020 'Spotters Day'. It will be the second one hosted by the NTM (the first being the week before) and we will be intending to get the absolute best from the day, before our return to our Lisbon hotel (around 2hrs).

    Thursday 21st May: A late morning departure.


    Exact costings available soon.
    Note that the registration for the NTM does not open until early May. You are advised to book on the above trip early so that the travel arrangements are in place. We will apply for your ticket for the NTM Spotters Day. Any costs for the Spotters Day and/or the Airshow will be extra to the outlined itinerary as this information has not been released yet.


    HOW TO BOOK: Please send an e-mail to contact@centreofaviationphotography.com to pre-register - more details and costings will follow very soon!


    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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