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WELCOME TO THE 2020 SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF AIRSPEED AIRSPEED!! Oshkosh Steve Zimmermann Hayman Tam Zachary Hajic Gary Edwards Shawn Malone Craig Swancy Gary Daniels Scott Slingsby John Ford Kevin Hong Beast Mode: F-35 Weapons Configuration SSgt Alexander Cook Hunting The Raptor Mark Streit

Marc Farb Jeff Krueger Jim Wilson Peter Keller Larry Grace

Crazy About Warbirds Patrick Comtois

NATO Tiger Meet Dragos Munteanu Airplane Silhouettes John Ford

Camera: Nikon D3S Lens: Nikon 24-120mm f/4 Exposure: f/16 Shutter speed: 1/320 ISO 200 Nikon RAW process using Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2020 with Topaz Ai and Macphun Noiseless CK BACK COVER: Larry Grace EAA Air Venture Saturday night fireworks. Attendees look forward to the firework to celebrate to end of their journey to Air Venture, its a bitter sweet moment as the week in coming to an end and saying good bye to old and new friends.

Winging It In 2020 Robert Talarczyk

How I Got The Shot Steve Zimmermann Craig Swancy Philip Johnson

FRONT COVER PHOTO: Larry Grace After the afternoon airshow, aircraft depart and arrive for AirVenture 2012. It’s always a good time to watch the aircraft. On this afternoon I spotted this family watching and greeting the aircraft and pilots. To me it shows the spirit of EAA and AirVenture.

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Larry Grace The goal of International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) is to bring together our members who share a love of aviation, and want to preserve its history through their images. Through our organization, members can seek to enhance their artistic quality, advance technical knowledge, and improve safety for all areas of aviation photography while fostering professionalism, high ethical standards, and camaraderie. ISAP continues to help our members to better their photography skills, workflow, and set up resources to help with business questions that our members have. Updates are being made to the ISAP website and member portfolio section, and we are showcasing ISAP members’ images and accomplishments on our social media pages. The new Airspeed magazine will highlight ISAP members and their photography, experiences, and their passion for aviation from around the world. From military and commercial aviation, you’ll be able to see it all while learning about aviation photography, post processing tips in Lightroom and Photoshop, aviation history, air show reports, aviation museums, and more. We look forward to sharing our members’ images and articles with everyone. Enjoy this issue of Airspeed! Sincerely, Larry Grace, ISAP President Kevin Hong, Airspeed Editor International Society for Aviation Photography www.aviationphoto.org • www.facebook.com/ISAPorg

NEW AND RETURNING ISAP MEMBERS Mike Cox

Philip Fountain

Shawn Malone

Robert Stapleton

Mike Collins

Michael Hill

Mark Shular

Spencer Thornton

Albert Figuccio

Ken Hunt

Douglass Sisk

Ismael Abeytua Vega

Philip Fountain

Pete Lerro

Amy Stover

Carolyn Wright

Airspeed is a periodic publication of the International Society for Aviation Photography and is used to communicate news, functions, convention information, and other information of interest on the local, regional, and national scenes. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and should not be construed as the views or opinions of the International Society for Aviation Photography.


RETURNING TO E A A A I R V EONS HTKUO R E S H Introduction and photo by Larry Grace


Once a year aviation enthusiasts young and old, male and female, from all over the world come to a small town in Wisconsin called Oshkosh. They come here to spend seven days experiencing aviation in all forms of homebuilt, vintage, helicopters, experimental, hot air balloon, ultra lights, float planes, general aviation, commercial aviation, warbirds and military aircraft. Each day enthusiasts walk around the grounds to see exhibits, check out the aircraft and attend workshops. Kids get to learn about aviation and experience the magic of flight. In the afternoon massive crowds gather to enjoy an airshow and see some of the best civilian airshow performers in the world. From the classic warbirds to the next generation of aircraft in commercial and general aviation, you can see it all including military pilots and teams showcasing the latest military hardware from around the globe. Photographers come to capture the vision of aviation through their camera lenses and share their images with family and friends. Some

will share in print publications and through social media outlets for everyone to enjoy. This year aviation enthusiasts were not able to gather together due to the COVID-19 virus that forced a stop to this year’s event and others around the world. This would have been my 18th year attending EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. Each year I have reached out to our membership to share images with our readers of ISnAP now Airspeed. This year I asked members to share images that they have taken over the years at AirVenture. Enjoy the images we share in this issue, and before we know it AirVenture 2021 will be here and we will gather together again to enjoy aviation at its finest.


STEVE ZIMMERMANN I’ve only been to AirVenture a couple of times. Talk about drinking from a firehose! For airplane geeks it’s overwhelming, and awesome… and hot. The images here were shot in 2010; that year I had been in correspondence with Jim Wilson and he invited me to seek out a group of shooters who staked out a space along the crowd line near show center. It was there that I met Jim, Larry, Rodolfo, Jay, Warner, Dan and several others whose names escape me, and was recruited to join ISAP over dinner that first night. Pretty soon I was a regular at ISAP symposia and the annual Alliance-Fort Worth air show. And the rest, as they say, is history.


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I have gone to Oshkosh 3 times now and there are a few truths to this airshow. One, it is big, two you can’t see or do it all and three, did I mention it is big, really big. The last 2 years I have stayed on the property in an RV. Camping at Oshkosh offers you the opportunity to absorb the infectious attitude that is Oshkosh, meeting lots of people, all with one interest, airplanes. Since you can’t do or see it all at Oshkosh I have developed a plan to get as much out of the Oshkosh experience as I can. I get up about 5am bicycle to the gate. I walk amongst the planes as the sun is coming up heading towards fighter town. I shoot till about 10am and then have some breakfast. Then its back to the trailer for a shower, some editing, a nap more editing, lunch, cleaning my gear and then its back out to shoot in the afternoon till about 9pm or so. Repeat, for a week. Each time I have gone to Oshkosh my photography has improved. I look for images that offer graphic interest, the interaction of light, shape, and form. I also look for randomly parked combinations of aircraft that make interesting shapes or visuals. I want to bring art into my aviation photography. If I could sum up Oshkosh it might be, exhilarating, exciting, overwhelming, tiring and totally worth it.


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HAYMAN TAM My first and only Oshkosh visit occurred in 2010, and did not disappoint. The sheer quantity and variety of aircraft types available to photograph in the air and on the ground is rather daunting at first. It is as others describe; hot, muggy and rainy, made worse by lugging a full bag of kit everywhere. I look forward to a return trip with better gear and hopefully benefiting from a extra decade of photography experience under my belt.

The Collings Foundation’s McDonnell F-4D Phantom serves as a backdrop for a presentation at Warbird Alley during the 2010 AirVenture. This Phantom required an Act of Congress to permit ownership by a civilian organization.


A very rare Supermarine Seafire F. Mk XV on static display at AirVenture 2010. The simulated flight deck was an inspired way to exhibit this aircraft.


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A gaggle of North American T-28 Trojans perform a pre-shutdown engine runup after a 2010 AirVenture flight demonstration. The larger nosewheel of the T-28 in the foreground is a giveaway that this was an Air Force variant.


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No Oshkosh visit is complete without visiting the Seaplane Base. This Cessna 180 Skywagon is getting ready to slip its mooring for a quick flight during AirVenture 2010.


GARY EDWARDS • ISAP TREASURER My first trip to AirVenture was in 1992. My wife’s parents accompanied us and like everyone else we were all overwhelmed with the scale, not just of the aircraft collected in this one place, but also the size of the crowd of people who came to see them. My father-in-law wandered among aircraft he had flown, from T-6s and the Mustang and T-33s to DC-3s and the magnificent Connie. And we saw the mistiness in my mother-in-law’s eyes when she walked through the displayed Martin 4-0-4 cabin. Many years had passed since she had served aboard 4-0-4s as an Eastern Airlines flight attendant. Life got busy and I didn’t get back until 2017 - the company of two other ISAP photographers, Craig Swancy and Gary Daniels. We’ve continued to come back each year since because it really is fun to share a week immersed in that much aviation. Shooting this event I’ve learned far more than I expected to, and it has been about much more than just photographing airplanes.


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CRAIG SWANCY When announced that the EAA AirVenture 2017 would be “The Year of the Bomber” I was totally committed. The EAA had previously featured the “Bombers” some years ago and I wasn’t missing this opportunity. B-17’s, B-29’s, B-52H’s, B-1B’s and the Stealth B-2 is a good representation of the old to the new. Of course, the B-17 and B-29 had relatively short active duty lifespans and served our country well during WW II and slightly beyond. The B-17 was instrumental in the technique of Carpet-Bombing Germany while developing Precision Bombing with the legendary Norden Bombsight. The higher-flying pressurized B-29 also Carpet-Bombed Japan while using the Norden Bombsight it also delivered the first Atomic Bombs to Japan, thus ending WW II. I assume that no one at Boeing knew that the B-52 could possibly have the longest active duty lifespan of any U.S. Bomber when the Boeing Design Team began work back in the late 40’s and early 50’s. They created a multi-role bomber with the capability of carrying conventional and nuclear weapons at high altitude then upgrading her to the B-52H armed with Laser-guided weapons in multiple forms at low altitude. With a proposed service duty expected to extend up to 2050 the USAF has a multi role bomber with a 100-year lifespan. With the support of the USAF Air Refueling Tankers (KC-10, KC-135 and the new KC-46 Pegasus) the modern Bomber Fleet can travel anywhere around the world within 24 hours of less. The B-1B is a revised B-1 design with reduced radar signature and a top speed of Mach 1.25. It is optimized for low-level penetration. While rounding out the selection offered is the B-2 Stealth Bomber. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses. Just a portion of the USAF inventory of Bombers displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. The rest is another story for another day.


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SCOTT SLINGSBY Oshkosh was always a bucket list destination for me. Everyone I talked to said, “you have to go at least once.” So this year when I heard it was canceled, my heart went out to all those first timers. The chance to be immersed in nothing but aviation for a whole week is a great pleasure delayed. From sunrise to sundown, there is always something in the air - warbirds, homebuilt, classics, you name it, it’s flying. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to build, fix or photograph airplanes, it’s at Oshkosh. My selection of images are from my first day on the field. Before I even met up with my ISAP brothers and sisters, I made a mad dash to Warbird Alley. This is where all the airplanes I had seen in magazines since childhood came to life. Rows of Mustangs, T-6s, Corsairs, not one, but two Mosquitoes were on the field. I was the proverbial kid in a candy store. Where to start, what to shoot? I had no idea. Every plan I had went out the window because I was in sensory overload. It took a good couple of hours just to settle down, but I eventually got to the point where I said to myself, “Relax, you’re here for a week.” After that, things started to slow down and I began to “smell the roses” or in my case, the 100 octane…


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KEVIN HONG • AIRSPEED EDITOR In 2010, B-17 Texas Raiders was fully restored and flying again. In the aviation community the buzz was anyone who restores a warbird should definitely go to EAA AirVenture. It’s a long time tradition and since I was apart of the flight crew we went as part of a long tour cross country to showcase the World War II bomber. Flying on a B-17 into Oshkosh was going to be an experience I would never forget. I had never been to Oshkosh but heard when we approach it’s going to be crazy and watch out for air traffic, EVERYWHERE! And boy was everyone right. Listening to the air traffic was nuts. Formation of L-39s, warbirds and GA aircraft were all over the place. It was the first time I got a little nervous flying. But after landing to see all of the planes and people was incredible. AirVenture was definitely an aviation amusement park on steroids. The week with the B-17 was great spending time in the spotlight at Aeroshell Square showcasing the beautiful aircraft off to everyone. Watching the movement of aircraft going in and out of the square every day was fascinating. After venturing out on the grounds to see all the aircraft companies on display we flew during the airshow with other B-17s since it was the 75th Anniversary of the B-17. Being able to see the grounds of EAA AirVenture was definitely breathtaking especially participating in the airshow.

After leaving AirVenture I thought I would never return. However little did I realize there was so much more that I didn’t get to see that intrigued me. Eventually I did return for another mission in 2013. I came back to fly on B-17 Aluminum Overcast during the Tora Tora Tora Act. For many years Texas Raiders performed with the Tora Act but since the plane did not return, some of the flight crew including myself came up to fly the act on EAA’s B-17. It was totally different from other airshows to fly in the sky at Oshkosh. Each time I come back I get a chance to see old friends and make new ones in the world of aviation. It’s amazing to see all the different areas of shopping for avionics to aviation workshops. From flying car prototypes to watching the newest jet from an aircraft manufacturer, you can see it all, not to mention there’s some great ice cream and parties. Even though I have been to AirVenture three times I still haven’t been to the seaplane port and had a chance to see everything. I guess I’ll have to go back once again to one of the biggest flying events in the world. If you have never been to EAA AirVenture, just remember once you go never say I’ll never go back cause chances are you probably will..


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JEFF KRUEGER EAA in Oshkosh is a special place were aviation fans from all over come to enjoy their love of aviation. As photographers, we go to them to get the best images we can of the aircraft, static or in action. Well, there is so much more that goes on if you look around. I was given some great advice at EAA in 2019 and that was to get into the spirit of the occasion. There is so much more than just the air show if you take the time to look around. The performers, the ground crews, the crowd, the air bosses, they all make these events, especially EAA special.

While I shot tons of images, I thought it would be fun to look at EAA Oshkosh 2019 from perhaps a different perspective. Yes, I did include some ground to air images, but I wanted to highlight the “other” side of the event. Can’t wait until 2021 and get back to what I love to do…photograph all things aviation..


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JIM WILSON • ISAP VICE PRESIDENT My earliest memories of Oshkosh/AirVenture were in the early 1970’s. I was building an aerobatic biplane and of course had fallen deeply in love with aviation and photography so to actually be at Oshkosh was incredible. Little did I know then that Paul Poberezny and his son Tom would become close friends, that I would become the photographer for the Christen Eagles, build two more airplanes, and still be in the cockpit at 71 years old. The friendships and experiences that I can directly tie to aviation and specifically to Oshkosh and EAA are almost too numerous to count. Sitting here writing this I can smell the corvus oil, hear the Merlins ripping through the blue Wisconsin sky, feel the warm hugs of friend, some now gone west, and taste the Brats. Last year I brought my Grandson Chandler with me to share the experience of Oshkosh. Truthfully, it cannot be explained it has to be experienced. 2020 has been a difficult year as a pandemic brought silence to Wittman Field at a time when it normally would have been a beehive of activity. Oshkosh was quieted this year but it will be back and those of us who cherish it will do so to an even greater degree as we gather to rekindle old friendships and once again immerse ourselves in the wonderfulness.


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PETER KELLER 2017, my first year ever attending AirVenture, can only be described as overwhelming, but absolutely incredible. I’ve now attended shows for the last 3 years. So, how to pay tribute in just a few photos that haven’t already been ‘shot’ a million times?!


The evening of my first day there was just gorgeous. I was able to get this shot of the B-1 on display with the colors of the setting sun and a lone B-25 in the background. Fitting I thought, for being the Year of the Bomber.


Peter Keller Reenactors demonstrate how nose art was created during World War II on the C-47.


I was humbled to be able to watch the return of an Old Glory Honor Flight, a special flight to take Vietnam-era veterans to Washington, D.C. for the day. It can be both exciting and emotional.


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A fitting last shot‌I was looking for a spot to shoot fireworks but yet make a quick getaway afterward since I had a 5-hour drive ahead of me. I set myself behind the CL-215 Viking Air Aerial Firefighter. I thought the people sitting on the wing must have had a pretty good view, but it made for a pretty good shot here as well!


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LARRY GRACE • ISAP PRESIDENT Wow, how’s does one reflect in images 17th years at EAA AirVenture. This year would had made 18th. When I first attended didn’t know very many people or the airshows performers. My first visit was just one day and it would be a few years before I return and began my annual trek back to Oshkosh. Over these years I have made some life long friends, become friends with many at EAA, the airshow performers I didn’t know now are my friends. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph and learn along side of other photographers from ISAP members to young students wanting to capture the aviation with their cameras. Here’s just a small sample of images over the years and in putting together this issue I still have a few more years of images to review. Enjoy the selection of images and I hope through my images and fellow ISAP members it will bring good memories of your time at Oshkosh or the start of your journey to EAA AirVenture. See you there in 2021!


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BEAST MODE F-35 WEAPONS CONFIGURATION

by SSgt Alexander Cook / 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – When a combat mission demands it, stealth is sacrificed for a maximum weapons configuration. The 56th Fighter Wing is employing innovative practices to ensure its F-35A pilots are prepared for all combat operations. The 63rd Fighter Squadron recently implemented the Beast Mode weapons configuration on its F-35s during training sorties. The Beast Mode configuration consists of six inert 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, four loaded externally on the wings and two internally in the weapons bay, as well as an AIM-9 training air-to-air missile. “It’s important for our student pilots to have some exposure to flying this really unique configuration because when they are in a combat situation they will fly a very similar configuration to the one they’re doing right now,” said Lt. Col. Peter Cossette, 63rd FS director of operations. “There are often times where they will take off, fly a combat mission and have to come back and land with those heavy-weight munitions.

That presents an extra challenge that a lot of student pilots never get to experience until they are put into a combat situation. We want to give them that exposure here first.” Cossette said the F-35A can be loaded with a wide variety of weapons configurations. “We can set the aircraft up for a stealth air-to-air configuration where all of our munitions are loaded internally or there are other situations where we need to go to war with a heavy amount of munitions,” he said. The Beast Mode configuration enables the student pilots to understand how the F-35A will respond while carrying a heavy load out on a combat mission. “Even though the F-35 is an incredibly powerful aircraft, when you strap on six heavy weight laser-guided bombs and missiles, it flies


dramatically different,” said Cossette. “When our student pilots are given that responsibility, it provides a unique opportunity for growth.” According to the B-Course training syllabus, student pilots are required to drop heavy weight inert munitions, but the syllabus does not mandate a specific weapons configuration. Cossette explained that instructors who have flown the F-35 into combat helped tailor the syllabus to create more relevancy in the training program. “Seeing the inert missile hit the target and have everything go according to plan gives you a sense of confidence that you normally wouldn’t get from using electronically simulated munitions,” said 1st Lt. Joshua Shook, 63rd FS F-35 B-Course student pilot. While the added configuration has created unique learning opportunities for flying operations, it has also enabled the 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen to gain more experience in loading munitions. “One of the biggest takeaways of how Beast Mode has helped our unit is getting our Airmen the experience needed for combat-coded bases,” said Capt. Christopher Burson, 63rd AMU officer in charge. Weapons load crew members assigned to the 63rd AMU complete weapons certification training every 60 days to maintain proficiency in loading munitions. Burson said the frequent implementation of the Beast Mode configuration has amplified their training and experience, preparing the unit for future assignments. “We’re constantly farming out our personnel to F-35 units being stood up at other bases,” said Burson. “If we can get them the experience here first, then their gaining units will be that much better.” The symbiotic relationship between the 63rd FS and AMU continues to innovate how the 56th FW trains the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen.


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HU NTING THE RAPTOR 2018 WINGS OVER NORTH GEORGIA AIRSHOW by Mark Streit


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Many of the Air Shows in which we all wanted to participate, watch or photograph never happened this year, but we can all fantasize about what they could have been. For the first time in our aviation history, most Air Shows have been canceled…not just here, but globally. With that in mind, there has never been an issue with social distancing with most pilots in planes, but having spectators six feet apart, wearing masks and liabilities is a NEW experience! One of the great things about digital photography is that each image taken freezes that particular moment in time with hour, minute and date to prove it. For the visual print audience, however, those images on a different date can be imagined as being today!

Waco YMF-5: “Morning Departure”… Great way to start the day at the “Warbirds Over The Beach” Air Show, Military Aviation Museum, Pungo, VA.


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PBY5A: “Catalina Caper”…The Military Aviation Museums’ (Pungo, VA.) Beautiful Consolidated PBY-5A on patrol at the World War ll Weekend, Reading, PA.


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CRAZY ABOUT WARBIRDS! Article and photos by Patrick Comtois

Ever since I hung my first model aircraft from the ceiling of my bedroom as a kid, I have been fascinated with aircraft from World War II, specifically the fighter aircraft. The speed, sound and sleek look is something that sucks me in every time I go to an airshow. Many of these iconic aircraft are still airworthy and can be seen across the country performing for crowds of awestruck people. Photographing these historic planes is something that I do not take for granted as they are pieces of living history. Capturing statics on the tarmac and air to ground is an ongoing endeavor for me while trying to tell the story of these venerable heroes from a by gone era. Although the show highlights the aircraft, the pilots and plane owners will tell you that they are only stewards of these multi-million-dollar historical aircraft. Their mission is to honor the men who flew these incredible machines and hopefully continue to make the next generation crazy for warbirds.


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HOW I GOT THE SHOT!


Date: June 6, 2020 Subject: Beech B58 Baron, Derek de Bastos owner/pilot Photo ship: Beech A36 Bonanza, Bud Sittig pilot Location: Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo range and Great Sand Dunes NP Derek is a newly-elected board member of the American Bonanza Society and needed a cover photo of his Baron for the Society’s monthly print magazine. His initial vision was to capture a high-angle image of the Baron over southern Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes NP, at sunset. Derek asked me to be the photographer; I agreed and volunteered my A36 Bonanza as photo ship, with Bud Sittig acting as photo pilot. I met Derek and Bud at KAPA after a short flight from my home airport on the other side of Denver and after briefing the mission we launched shortly before 7:00pm for the positioning flight, planning to be over the northern end of the Sangre de Cristos with half an hour of sunlight remaining. Significant high-based thunderstorm activity left us with precious few holes in the overcast to work with. We made the most of the challenging conditions, working our way south down the high ridges at 12,000’13,000’ MSL and orbiting over the dunes at about 10,000’. After landing back at KAPA for a quick debriefing I climbed back into the A36 and flew home to KEIK, happy with the mission’s success. A portrait mode, blue hour, high angle view of the Baron over the dunes will be the image that graces the cover of the January, 2021 issue of the ABS magazine. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Nikon Z7 Lens: Nikon 24-120mm f/4 ISO: 360 Shutter speed: 1/200 Exposure: f/4, Manual Kenyon 4x4 gyro Processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic


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Sun ’n Fun 2014 was a great ISAP Symposium. Much to see, learn, and participate in. On the evening of April 1, 2014 the ISAP crew divided into three groups to work on lighting and sunset type photography. I choose to head down to the Boeing B-17 Texas Raiders to learn how to use a time exposure and light the aircraft with multiple strobe firings. Texas Raiders is an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a DouglasLong Beach built B-17G-95-DL and is a Commemorative Air Force Aircraft. John Sepp, Jim Sugar, Kevin Hong, Mark Bennett, John Ford and myself setup in front of the B-17G and began spreading out to find a desired position. Facing the B-17G we settled from the inboard left engine, nose, inboard right engine, outboard right engine and the ring wing tip. Kevin setup inside the cockpit and handled the cockpit lighting. Each of us on the outside had our individual strobes to operate. John Sepp called the time to shoot and fire the strobes. We determined that 13 seconds was about the correct exposure time. Each of us had an f stop and ISO in mind. During that 13 second exposure; each of us triggered our strobe at least once and this is my results. Processed in LR. Enjoy. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Nikon D800 Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 13 sec Exposure: f/7.1, Manual Edited in Photoshop and Lightroom


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P-40 Warhawk from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum flown on 3-31-2018 somewhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Sony A9 Lens: Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/100 Exposure: f/18, Manual Image processed in Light Room CC and then converted to jpeg in Photoshop. I use Photoshop because I like the conversion to SRGB color space better then in Light Room.


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The Planes of Fame Air Museum located in Chino, CA hosts a Living History Day on a given Saturday each month. These events feature one of the museum’s warbirds as well as a discussion led by a museum member or someone else with a historical knowledge of or experience with the aircraft. There are usually a few reenactors that show up to these events and the three pictured here are Denny, Steve and Cisco, are staples there. The Air Pirates (as they call themselves) proudly wear their uniforms, display historical items, answer questions and pose by the aircraft. On the day that I took this picture, the featured airplane was the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. After the discussion, the assembled crowd made their way outside and soon everyone was gathered around, admiring the Lightning. I’d taken the pictures I wanted and started to drift away when I noticed the Air Pirates posing for pictures. I took three pictures of them, taking care to shoot around the people to the rear of the airplane. I was fairly successful but still had to spend some time in Photoshop removing a few feet and legs that were a distraction. I was satisfied with the picture and the museum was too, as they selected it for the cover of the 2020 Planes Of Fame calendar. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Nikon D7100 Lens: Nikon 10-20mm f/3.5 ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/200 Aperture: f/10 Exposure: Shutter Priority Edited in Photoshop.


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It’s not every day you get to go air to air to capture a US Air Force C-17 so when the opportunity arose who would turn that down. In 2011, the Cargo Heritage Flight practice had to be done with the C-47 and the big C-17 in formation. In between the training flights the C-17 Demo Team out of Altus AFB wanted some photos to promote the team. It was truly an awesome experience flying next to a huge C-17 Globemaster III. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Canon 50D Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4L ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/800 Exposure: f/5.6 Edited in Photoshop


Camera equipment and settings Camera: Nikon D500 Lens: Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4 @ 46mm ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/6400 Exposure: f/5, Aperture priority Edited in Photoshop and Luminar

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Defenders of the Carson Flat - Bogey 13 (known at the MiG-28) and Bogey 02 (known as the Rotten Banana) from VFC-13 Fighting Saints head west back to NAS Fallon after a low level training exercise and Photo-Ex near Lake Tahoe. The weather began to deteriorate and we called it a day but I continued to shoot on our way home. With the approaching storm to the north and gaps in the cloud cover to the south east, it provided a great backdrop and stunning lighting for the two fighters as we sped over Nevada’s dramatic landscape.


I consider myself very lucky to have The Collings Foundation pretty much in my backyard. So, when the opportunity came up to shoot one of their newest acquisitions, a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, I couldn’t resist the quick drive to this classic. The airplane, fresh off its Reserve “Grand Champion: World War II” win, has been restored to look like it just came off the assembly line at Grumman, right down to a spray-painted 476 on the left side of the cowling. This is the last three digits of the bureau number that helped the test pilots find the correct aircraft on a crowded ramp. Out of all the pictures from this shoot, this is the one that spoke to me the most. We may have been only fifty miles west of Boston, but to me, this is a little bit of representation of what a young Ensign, maybe 19-20 yearsold, would see on an early morning patrol. He’s over some pacific islands as the sun cracks the horizon patiently looking for the enemy.

Scott Slingsby

Camera equipment and settings Camera: Nikon D500 Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 @ 40mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: 1/50 Exposure: f/18, Shutter priority Edited in Photoshop


People who know me well are likely aware that my favorite place to take pictures of fast jets is at Nellis AFB, especially during Red Flag. Nellis is a very busy place to shoot because it is the largest Air Force installation, meaning that it is rich with air traffic compared to other military bases. But the most entertaining aspect is the “flexing,” in which fighters on the takeoff roll on Runway 03 and bank left for a nice topside pass over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is a prime spotting location.

to shoot at Nellis with optimal sun lighting is during the evening “Golden Hour,” in which flights like these occur. So if you ever plan to spot at Nellis in the future whether it’s for Red Flag or a typical day at the base with the Weapons School, be sure to stay out until sunset by Gates 7 and 8 for opportunities like this to come. Also bring a scanner so that you are aware of activity and which runways are in use. If Runway 21 is active, you will not be able to get pictures like these, which is why a visit of more than one day is recommended.

For this shot that I took, there are two things that I had to do: pick the right location and be patient until the evening hours. For taking this shot, I had to be closer to Gates 7 and 8 where a majority of the flexing happens following afternoon. For mornings, you’ll most likely need to be between Gates 4 and 6. Patience is also the key, because the best time

Camera equipment and settings Camera: Canon 7D Mark II Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L @ 400mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/1250 Exposure: f/5.6, Shutter priority Edited in Photoshop and Lightroom


Geoffrey Arnwine


2-ship formation of 2 Scottish Aviation BulldogT1trainers,the one in the foreground is-RAF, the other sex-Botswana Defence Force; photographed from a Bulldog camera ship over Sywell, Northamptonshire, UK. Camera equipment and settings Camera: Canon 6D Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 84mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/160 Exposure: f/14, Manual Edited in Photoshop and Lightroom


Su Khoo


If you like planes or cats or both…then this article might be of interest for you. There is also a high chance that you will get (like me) so hooked on the NTM up that you will never ever miss another edition… So – what is it about? The NATO Tigers Association was founded in the early 60s to facilitate exchanges between various NATO squadrons. What is specific is that the member squadrons should have as a mascot / squadron symbol a big cat. If at the beginning the NATO Tiger Meets were mostly social events – those quickly translated into large scale operational exercise targeted at honing the cooperation between various NATO air forces and increasing the ability to operate together at a large scale. Each year one of the member squadrons is organizing the NTM at its base – inviting the other squadrons to take part. The NTM exercise is usually organized in the month of May and lasts for 2 weeks. The number of participants varies depending on many conditions – the available space at the airbase, the air forces other engagements, aircraft availability but more than 10 squadrons would send aircraft. Most of the participants are fighter aircraft but since the NATO Tigers contain some squadrons operating helicopters, some helicopters are always participating in the regular NTMs. I attended my first NTM in 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain and I have not missed an edition since. In 2017 the NTM was organized in France at Landivisiau French Navy Airbase, in 2018 in Poland at Poznan airbase and in 2019 again in France at Mont de Marsan airbase. So - following the NTM involves quite a bit of traveling and discovering new places.

NATO TIGER MEET by Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2018 – Poznan, Poland 4 Tiger Tails


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, Spanish F-18


taking off and the experience is quite unique. In the afternoon a similar schedule is taking place, so expect to be on the base until 5 pm. Of course, when not taking photographs you can tour the merchandise tents of the squadrons where patches, T-shirts, caps and other fun stuff is available in a very large selection. The next edition of the NTM, the 2020 NTM will be organized in Portugal, at Beja Airbase, by the 301 Jaguars squadron of the Portuguese Air force (10 May to 22 May 20). Who knows – maybe will meet there? More information on the NATO Tigers can be easily found on their website.

Dragos Munteanu

One clear attraction of the NTM is that the participating squadrons paint at least one aircraft with a striking attractive special livery – centering on the big cat theme – to have most of the time a cat head on the tail of the aircraft. The possibility to have pictures with these rare aircraft attracts the spotters – and the exercise being also a public affairs opportunity – has always at least one Spottersday organized. Registering to the Spottersdays varies from year to year but all the necessary information is typically posted a few months on the association website. During the Spottersday – depending on the base set-up and organizational details – participants are given access to an area close to the active runway where all air operations can be observed and photographed. Two operational waves are taking place in the day – takeoffs starting after 9 o’clock and recoveries taking place after 11 o’clock. Around 40 to 60 aircraft can be observed taxiing and


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, French Mirage 2000D


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, French Rafale


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, Portuguese F-16


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, German Tornado


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, Belgian F-16


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2016 – Zaragoza, Spain, Swiss F-18 Tiger Tail


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2019 – Mont de Marsan, France, French Rafale


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2016 – Zaragoza, Spain, Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2017 – Landivisiau, France, Czech Saab Gripen


Dragos Munteanu


NATO Tiger Meet 2018 – Poznan, Poland. Dutch F-16


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ISAP Board Members President and Board Chairman Larry Grace Vice President and Vice Chairman Jim Wilson Treasurer Gary Edwards Secretary Mike Collins ISAP Board Member George Kounis ISAP Board Member Kevin Hong ISAP Staff Member John Sepp ISAP Staff Member Craig Swancy Chairman Emeritus Jay Miller Airspeed Editor Kevin Hong Airspeed is a periodic publication of the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) and is used to communicate news, functions, convention information, and other information of interest on the local, regional, and national scenes. The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and should not be construed as the views or opinions of the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP). Please contact us at isap_info@aviationphoto.org or isappresident@gmail.com Airspeed is a publication to showcase our members’ work in capturing aviation events. Images should be sized at a minimum size of at least 5100 x 3300 (17” x 11”) @ 300 dpi. We would like your largest landscape file size format for our full page spread in our featured magazine. Please submit up to 10 images per article and your text in a Microsoft Word document. Email your article and images by using www.wetransfer.com and send to isap_info@aviationphoto.org (Up to 2GB). Members can submit images for review for a future cover or back page display or would like to inquire on doing an article for Airspeed contact us via email at isap_info@aviationphoto.org We look forward to your submission and to showcase your articles and images.


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