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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 #69

    We are working on an experience like no other, in joining Merlin on an adventure to Belarus. If you are into your Russian-built machines, and up for something out of the ordinary and love flying… you will not want to miss this!

    What to expect:

    • • Fly in rare Russian-built machines, pretty much the ONLY opportunity in the WORLD!
    • • A flying adventure like no other.
    • • Experiences you will never forget!

    This is the ultimate aviation enthusiasts trip to Belarus to experience flying in truly classic airliners.

    There will be three days dedicated to classic airliners in Belarus:
    • Fly in a giant Mil Mi-26 helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations!
    • Fly in a legendary Ilyushin Il-76 of Transaviaexport!
    • Fly in an Antonov An-12, An-140, An-74 and YAK-40 of Motorsich!
    • Fly in an Antonov An-26 of Genex, an AN-30 of Grodnoavia, and an An-2 and YAK-52 DOSAAF!
    • Fly in a Mil Mi-2 and Mi-8 of the Ministry of Emergency Situations!

    NOTE: A Ukraine extension is also available, with even MORE flying and cultural experiences. Let us know if you require more details.

    In addition to joyrides flights, tour participants can visit the most interesting sights of Minsk and Belarus, the Borovaya Aviation Museum, and enjoy socialising with like-minded aviation fans during the traditional gala dinner.

    The Belarus Aviation Tour is also the perfect opportunity to bring a companion and discover a new country, as it has a lot to offer for the international tourist. Belarus is especially beautiful in May. Green parks, beautiful flowers, and nice weather coupled with historic buildings and a welcoming people await tourists looking for a new and different travel experience.

    This will be an unforgettable adventure on many levels!


    Thursday 21st May:
    Individual arrivals in Minsk, Belarus (flights available on request). Transfer will be provided by Merlintour to the hotels: Yubileynaya or DoubleTree by Hilton. 

    Friday 22nd May: 
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on An-12
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on Il-76 Transaviaexport
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on An-140 Motorsich
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on An-26 Genex
    Gala dinner in traditional restaurant in the evening.

    Saturday 23rd May:
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on Yak-40 Motorsich
    Visit of LIPKI airfields
    Joyride flights
    Mi-26 Min. of emergency situations
    Mi-8 Min. of emergency situations
    Mi-2 Min. of emergency situations
    An-2 and Yak-52 DOSAAF in Lipki over Minsk.
    Sunday 24th May:
    Flight Grodno-Minsk on An-30 Grodnoavia
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on An-30 Grodnoavia
    1 hour joyride flight Minsk-Minsk on An-74 Motorsich
    The main program will be finished by 14:00.
    Departure back home/ to Zaporozhie or transfer to the downtown.

    All optional sightseeing will be scheduled individually according your duration of stay in Belarus and personal joyride flights program.

    Transfer for joyride flights between Minsk and MSQ/ Lipki will be provided by Merlintour.
    Transfer for individual departure from your respective hotel will be provided by Merlintour.

    Return flights to Minsk, Belarus:
    Available on request.

    From 21-26th May between €240 and €640 depending on hotel choice (three star or five star), single or twin share rooms available.

    An-12 (operator to follow): €420
    Il-76 (Transaviaexport): €420
    An-140 (Motorsich): €350
    An-26 (Genex): €390
    Yak-40 (Motorsich): €450
    Mi-26 (Ministry of Emergency Situations): €420
    Mi-8 (Ministry of Emergency Situations): €195
    Mi-2 (Ministry of Emergency Situations): €95
    Yak-52 (DOSAAF): €250
    An-2 (DOSAAF): €95
    An-30 (Grodnoavia): €450
    An-74 (Motorsich) €390

    Optional sightseeing...
    Minsk City Tour: €30
    Stalin & WW2: €75
    The BelAZ Plant, giant truck manfacturing: €75
    Nesvizh & Mir Castles: €75
    Gala dinner & drinks: €30

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

    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!