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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:

    • • Six-day de luxe city break in Lisbon, with awesome action and relaxation!
    • • Charming central Lisbon city hotel for five nights, (in single rooms!) with all in-country travel in 2x large vehicles for travel comfort.
    • • Small group of photographers.
    • • The 2020 NATO Tiger Meet Airshow.
    • • The 2020 NATO Tiger Meet Spotters Day with all ticketing, admin & logistics provided.
    • • Historic & Trendy Lisbon Tour.
    • • 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 11th July: Meeting in the Arrivals Hall of Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport International Airport late morning and 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, with great social evenings by the coastline and central square areas.

    Sunday 12th July: 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 13th July: 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 14th July: Today will be spent at the excellent Portuguese Air Force Museum, followed by another social evening with good food and drink in Lisbon.

    Wednesday 15th July: 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 16th July: A late morning departure.


    We're pretty sure that looking outside that this weather and doom and gloom will have you dreaming about a week in Portugal chasing colourful jets, hot action and great beers and food in a lovely city!

    It’s ready to roll. We have secured single rooms for everyone, and a special flight rate with TAP, and have your NATO Tiger Meet tickets secured, as well as a Lonely Planet guided tour of this historic city. The hotel is a character-filled accommodation right in the heart of Lisbon, a few minutes walk from the main square and the beautiful coastline, perfect for our evenings relaxing and talking over the day’s action. Bring it on. 

    The Cost: Six days travel, five nights hotel accommodation in key area of central Lisbon, single rooms, return flights from London to Lisbon, Lonely Planet historic & trendy Lisbon tour, all transport and transport costs, logistics, booking, admin, TC services, COAP management, ATOL protection: From £1695. 

    Please note that this includes your flight from London and is based on a 10 travellers. If the number falls below that, this will change.

    TO BOOK: Simply send an e-mail to contact@centreofaviationphotography.com to book your place.




    HOW TO BOOK: Please send an e-mail to contact@centreofaviationphotography.com to book your place! 

    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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