ISnAP October 2016

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Kevin Hong

WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE OF ISNAP! RIAT 2016 Abdullah Albalushi RIAT 2016 Gary Stray Hiller Helifest 2016 Hayman Tam Thunder Over Michigan 2016 John Freedman

ISAP’s goal 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.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Photo Review 2016 Bonnie Kratz, Chuck Burin, Greg Drawbaugh, John Ford, John Freedman, John Love, John Slemp, Philip Johnson, Scott Slingsby, Larry Grace

In this issue we are continuing to highlight ISAP members. I’m sure you will enjoy learning how your fellow ISAP members got started, as well as seeing some of their images and learning some tips. Remember that ISnAP is your publication to share your images, stories and tips with other members and the public. We look forward to each member sharing his or her stories with all of us.

Meet the Members Abdullah Albalushi, Stefan Seville, Thierry Deutsch, Thomas Jones

Enjoy this issue of ISnAP!

Hot Airshows in Texas Kevin Hong How I Got The Shot Phil Makanna Return to Tuskegee: The Legacy Continues Lawton “Wilk” Wilkerson Tip: Memory Card ID Markings Hayman Tam Mystery Plane Silhouettes John Ford 2016 Demo Schedules FRONT COVER PHOTO: Larry Grace C-5M Galaxy rolling down the runway of AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 BACK COVER: Kevin Hong A-26 Invader Night Mission basking in the evening light with the rays of sunlight coming out of the clouds in the Texas sky

Sincerely, Larry Grace, President Kevin Hong, ISnAP Editor International Society for Aviation Photography •

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The ISnAP 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.


By Abdullah Albalushi

Last month I attended the Royal International Air Tattoo ( RIAT ), held at RAF Fairford, 20 miles South West of Oxford, UK, between July 8-10, 2016. RIAT is considered as one of the biggest military airshows in the world. It features annually modern military jets as well as classic First and Second WW aircraft, static and flying displays, from different countries round the world. This was my second visit to RIAT. My firs was two years’ ago, but due to the rain, most of my photos turned out spotty, so I had to go back !!! Although the gates open at 07:30 am, I had to be at the gate at 06:00 am to insure a first row near the barrier which separate the crowd from the runway and near the launch threshold. Contrary to last year, the heaven was kind to me this time; it did not rain at all, which is very unusual. Nevertheless, the sky remained cloudy and dull through out the day, except for few minutes, when the RAF Red Arrows performed its flying display ( pure coincidence) !!! This year, prestigious solo and formation teams from UK, USA, Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle-East participated in the flying display. There was also a large static display of various aircraft from around the world. The Home contingent included the RAF Red Arrows, the Chinook, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and the A400M Atlas C.1. The Royal Navy par-

ticipated with its Supper Lynx Black Cats helicopters. The RAF static display had some trainers: a Squirrel helicopter and Hawks T1 and T2; front-line aircraft included the Tornado GR.4 ground attack aircraft, Typhoon FGR.4 multirole fighter/bomber and the C-130J Hercules C.5 and a Voyager tanker. As well as the F-22 Raptor, five F-35s Lightning from the USAF and US Marine Corps were at the show. The USAF also featured a Heritage Flight formation fly-past comprising F-35A, F-22 and P-51 Mustang ‘Miss Helen’. The USAF boosted its already significant presence at the airshow by flying the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey. The aircraft has the unique capability of being able to take-off vertically like a helicopter but fly at forward speeds associated with fixed-wing aircraft. The Jordanian Air Force provided the Extra 300L Royal Falcons team to the flying display. The Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Team was another of the flying displays. The French Air Force participated with the solo Dassault Rafale C multirole fighter and Ramex Delta team, comprising two Dassault Mirage 2000N strike aircraft. We were told by the airshow organizers that this would be the final flight for the Mirage 2000 before it will retire from service.

The Italian Air Force flown solo and formation of Aermacchi AT-339A (previously known as MB339 PAN) of the Frecce Tricolori. The Italian’s flying was completed with a Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon Reparto Sperimentale Volo The Polish Air Force was represented in flying displays, displaying the MiG-29A and the Polish F-16C Tiger Demo Team. Many other aircraft and display teams which participated in RIAT and other aspects of RIAT unfortunately I am unable to cover in this article. You may find out more about RIAT at this websites: and RAF Fairford was built in 1944, towards the end of the second world war, mainly to provide an airfield for British and American troop carriers and gliders for the D-day landings. After the war it was one of four airfields chosen as a base for the USAF Strategic Air Command and in the ‘cold war’ era served as a USAF strategic bomber base. The airfield played a role in several foreign military interventions, such as Libya in 1986, the Gulf war in 1991 and the Iraq war in 2003, but by 2010 all military personnel had been withdrawn. It nevertheless retains its status as a designated standby airfield, capable of reactivation within 48 hours. Fairford’s runway is over 3,000M long and has an unrestricted load capacity, so it can take any kind of aircraft. It served for eight years as a test centre for the Concorde and was also the only UK abort landing site for the American space shuttle. I highly recommend RIAT to aviation photographers. If you plan to go, you need a minimum of two days to cover both the flying and static displays. Book your accommodation very early, perhaps 3 to 4 months

ahead, and as close as possible to RAF Fairford. Get to the airshow ground very early to insure a nearby parking spot for your vehicle and a good shooting spot. If you are carrying heavy gear leave some stuff in the car. VIP and Club chalets seats are available but run out two months before the airshow. You can get a better shooting spot with a standard ticket if you go early. The flying is from 10 am to 5 pm, so take enough food and drinks for the whole day! your favorite display team will perform while you are queuing for lunch or the pit stop !. Take two camping seats, one for you and another for your gear. Beware of rain! Finally, while in Europe, you may consider attending Farnborough (UK) and Le Bourget (France) airshows which coincide with RIAT dates.

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By Hayman Tam

In the San Francisco Bay Area, just south of SFO, lies San Carlos Airport (SQL) Which also happens to be the home of the Hiller aviation museum. This museum is dedicated to the rotorcraft legacy of its namesake, Stanley Hiller, and also highlights the aviation history of the bay area. With the emphasis on helicopters it was only natural that there would be a helicopter-themed event put on by the museum and in 2000 the first Vertical Challenge helicopter airshow was held. This annual show grew each year until it was a victim of its own success (for a variety of issues) and ended after twelve years. At its peak, close to sixty helicopters participated, making this the largest helicopter airshow in the country. Four years after the last Vertical Challenge, the Museum is laying the foundation for the return of an annual show. Now called HeliFest, it is a one-day, static display event, eliminating the logistics and concerns of an aerobatic

box. Although military participation this year was less than planned, there was still an active flightline during arrivals and departures. To help bolster the display lineup, Steven Hiller, Jr arrived in his Agusta A-119 while one of the Museum board members brought his Bell 407. Having been a volunteer with the museum since its opening in 1998, I am one of the event photographers and enjoy the access afforded me to be able to shoot from the other side of the ropes. This was also another opportunity to get more familiar with my new Nikon D500 in an active environment, pairing it with my trusty 18-200mm while I had a 80-400 on my D7100 (in hindsight I would have swapped the setup). Despite a few instances of being rotorwashed, it was a successful event ripe with good photographic opportunities and hopes are high for the next HeliFest.


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MEET OUR MEMBER I came across and joined ISAP in 2013 when searching the interment for sources to improve my aerial and aviation photography. I am exploring the possibility of joining one of the British aviation photography associations. Geographically, they are much nearer to me. I do help beginners to master camera handling and framing techniques. I haven’t had the chance to introduce aviation photography to others, because it is hard to get access to aircraft. However, I arrange landscape photography trips for photography enthusiasts. Oman is incredibly rich with complex topography, including deserts, sand dunes, oasis, deep canyons, high mountains, caves and even green hills in the southern part of Oman. Some of that have been featured in the National Geographic magazine.

Abdullah Albalushi

I was born and raised in Oman. In 1978 I joined the Royal Air Force of Oman. Following my retirement from RAFO as a Colonel in May 2009, I joined a business Group as a senior executive and a General Manager of an IT company. From 2001 to 2008 I served as Defense Attaché in Washington DC, USA. I also managed the acquisition of F-16 fighter aircraft program. Two years ago I cofounded with a friend a film and photography production company called “Brand Infiniti”. We produce marketing and advertisement media for businesses. It is funny that having been surrounded by aircraft most of my professional life, my interest with aviation photography only started in the final few weeks of my service; when in late 2008 I was assigned to produce a documentary film for the Air Force’s 50th Anniversary. In less than two months to retire, and accompanied by a team of professional film makers, I flew on board and photographed every single type of RAFO aircraft. By the end of the assignment I became hooked on aviation photography! I consider my self as a semi professional. I largely self taught myself. Lately I enrolled in a number of online courses to learn more advance digital processing techniques. I mainly use Canon EOS 1D-X with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens, for high frame rate and high-speed Auto-focus, when shooting high speed maneuvering aircraft in the air. I use the Canon EOS 5D III with Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L lens for capturing aircraft while taking-off and landing, and with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lenses for aircraft on ground and close-ups. I also use the Canon EF 16-35mm f/1.2.8L for wide angle area shots. One thing with airshow photography; you have to very well versed with your kit’s technical ability and limitations. You also have to have total situational awareness of what is happening in the air and on the ground all the time. Things tend to happen suddenly and quickly!! I prefer to shoot RAW. With the extreme bright desert environment in Oman, I am able to pull out more details during post photography processing. I use Lightroom most of the time. I use Photoshop for the occasional more complex artistic effects. However, lately I started exploring On1 with great interest.


Stefan Seville

My name is Stefan Seville and I currently live in Atlanta, GA. While I’ve had my photography published in a few publications, this is mostly a hobby and networking activity for me. I’ve always had a camera in my hands, and purchased my first SLR in 2006. I took one level of the photography course offered at my high school during senior year and learned two things: I didn’t really know anything, and a good photographer is always learning. I was raised around aviation thanks to my dad’s job with a major airline, so my inkling for photography naturally included things with wings. As my formal education in the field of aviation progressed, my camera came with me and it has turned into my main focus behind the camera because of that. Because the salesman who helped me with my first camera purchase shot Nikon, I bought one too. Currently I have two Nikon D7000 bodies -

for air shows, the Sigma 150-600 (Sport) and Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 are the usual suspects. Depending on the environment and subject, the Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Nikkor 50 f/1.8 may be used as well. Because my images are not published in a format that makes RAW worthwhile, I shoot primarily in JPG for its overall more efficient operation. For processing, Adobe Bridge is my importing/sorting/organizing application, and Photoshop CS4 to complete post-processing. This is the flow I learned while shooting on a temporary newspaper assignment a few years ago - as of yet it hasn’t broken, so it hasn’t been fixed! I had heard about ISAP years ago while at AirVenture, and this year in Oshkosh was encouraged by Mr Larry Grace himself to join.


Thierry Deutsch

I am located in Luxembourg, Europe and would consider myself somewhere in between advanced amateur and semipro. I learned my basic photography skills with my father who at the time was a lot into photography and from that developed my skills by self-study. My interest in aviation photography was a rather natural development as I was always, since my youngest age, attracted to aviation and took photos of the aviation world since my teenage years. Along with pursuing a career as an airline pilot I developed my photography and combined my two passions. I have always been using Nikon gear and currently shoot with a D800 and (more rarely) with the older D200. The lens I use depends of course mostly on what I photograph but at airshows my favorite lens has become the fantastic AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm. I prefer JPG due to the faster post-processing but still mostly shoot RAW due to the much increased flexibility during post-processing. I do the large majority of my editing in Corel Draw’s Paintshop. I joined ISAP about a year ago because I was seeking to take my aviation photography to a new level. I do not belong to another professional group but am a volunteer crew member at In a world where almost anybody takes snapshots with their mobile phone I try to show people that there is an even greater world behind their phones that deserves to be captured with a decent camera. The tips to being new to aviation photography are probably the same as for any photography, learn your subject and your equipment, start small and increase your level step by step. But above all, be patient, it almost always pays off.

MEET OUR MEMBER Pano, Pano Tour Plus and KR Pano. These three programs allow me to produce high resolution Virtual Tours that can be viewed online, and on any mobile device. I joined ISAP after a pleasant conversation I shared with President, Larry Grace back in June of this year. We chatted about our mutual passion for Aviation and Photography, as well as how great ISAP is. We also discussed the other very talented Aviation Photographers that make this organization so great. It was an easy sell from my standpoint. I was thrilled and honored to be considered to join such a great group of talent.

Thomas James

My name is Thomas James, and I am the son of a former Aerospace Engineer. Needless to say, Aviation was a big part of his life, which later became a big part of mine as well. My father’s passion for machines that fly was contagious, and as a result, had a great deal to do with me becoming an Aviation Photographer later in life. I am strategically located within driving distance of all the major Southern California Airports, which is in Santa Clarita, CA. I am a Professional Photographer; however, for the first twelve years I considered myself “self-taught.” It wasn’t until May of 2010 that I decided to go for broke, literally, and registered at the world renowned Brooks Institute for Professional Photographers. There I studied all forms of Photography; for instance, table-top, portraiture, studio, action sports, people, you name it - we covered it - in depth. I cannot say enough great things about my alma mater, Brooks. My two passions in life have been Photography and Aviation. It only made sense to fuse the two together. The first time I photographed anything related to aviation was for a friend that was working in Private Charter Sales. The company he was working for in Santa Barbara needed photos of their one and only jet, a Cessna Citation. He asked me if I knew how to photograph aircraft, and my reply was, “no, but I would love to learn.” There was a little bit of a learning curve to shooting jets - specifically interiors, but after a few reshoots, I had it down and began shooting for other charter companies, too. My equipment has not changed in eight years. I primarily shoot with my trusty Nikon D700, nifty 50mm f/1.4, 70-200 f/2.8, and 14-24mm f/2.8. The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, that is being held next month in San Diego, will be the first airshow I photograph professionally. From what I have learned from other Aviation Photographers, I will lean heavily on my 70-200mm f/2.8 to capture all the fun. I always shoot in RAW format. RAW files have the most data, which provide me the latitude to do what I need while editing high dynamic range images. My workflow always starts with Lightroom CC, then to Photoshop for more heavy handed editing. Some jobs I might never even open Photoshop due to the increased robustness of LR. For my 360° Virtual Tours of Aviation Cabins and Flight Decks, I use Auto Giga

Believe it or not, my lovely girlfriend came across your website while surfing around on our iPad. When she handed it to me, I just looked at her funny, smiled, and asked, “since when are you interested in Aviation?” Needless to say, she’s a great woman and I love her. While I was attending Brooks Institute in 2010, I joined American Photographic Artists - Los Angeles (APA), but shortly after withdrew my membership. I did not believe they were structured for Photographers like me. Yes, just about every time I take a photo and someone is within earshot, I try to pass along what I am doing photographically, whether they want to know or not I think. I love to teach and share photography with everyone. It is a little more difficult with some of the subject matter I shoot, but even then I try to explain the process. If I were to pass on one gem to an up and coming aviation photographer, it would be, fall in love with the shapes, lines and angles that aircraft are comprised of. Marvel at the Engineering and Science that make Aviation possible. For me, if you seek that before you close your shutter, most of the images you capture will reflect that love and respect for Aviation.

No matter where you are in Texas you can always find an airshow. Recently I was able to attend two great airshows. Things really heated up Midland for the CAF High Sky Wing Airsho and the Heart of Texas Airshow in Waco. The first airshow I went to was the High Sky Wing Airsho. Many people think since the Commemorative Air Force Headquarters moved to Dallas that there isn’t a presence of any CAF left in Midland but that is far from the truth. The High Sky Wing still exists and continues to host the airshow every year. With new exhibits and preserving aircraft in a hangar, the Midland Army Airfield Museum was established to educate the visitors about World War II. One of the highlights of the airshow was the unveiling of a repainted F-14 Tomcat called Fast Eagle 102. The US Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group painted the plane back to its original paint scheme after baking outside in the desert sun. This was no ordinary Tomcat there was an interesting history behind this aircraft.

The VF-41 Tomcats, call signs “Fast Eagle 102” and “Fast Eagle 107,” engaged in a dogfight with the SU-22s shooting down both Libyan jets. The dogfight between the Tomcats and Fitters marked the first Navy air combat confrontation since the Vietnam War and the first ever for the F-14A Tomcat. It was also the first time a variable wing geometry aircraft shot down another variable wing geometry aircraft. “Fast Eagle 102” (BuNo 160403) was credited with the first kill. This F-14 is the sole surviving aircraft from this engagement. In honor of the unveiling Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Vice Admiral David Venlet was reunited with Fast Eagle 102 after 35 years in an air-to-air battle and shoot down of two Libyan Su-22 Fitter aircraft on August 19, 1981. The VFA-41 Black Aces and crew also came out to support the event with the current 102 that is a F/A-18 Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore. Airshow acts included Tinstix, Dueling Cobras with the P-63 King Cobra and P-39 Airacobra, and various warbirds.

While on deployment with the USS Nimitz battle group off the Libyan coast, two VF-41 Black Aces F-14A Tomcats encountered two Libyan SU-22 “Fitters” while on a routine combat patrol over the Gulf of Sidra.



Despite the temperature of 106 degrees at The Heart of Texas Airshow in Waco with the Shockwave Jet Truck it always gets hotter. Furthermore I had the chance to sit inside the airshow box with the CAF Blastards Pyro Team. And as a member of the pyro team I get to be in a place where not many photographers are allowed to go. IT’S THE BEST SEAT AT AN AIRSHOW! Planes flying inverted over my head makes a different and interesting view from the warbirds to the military demo teams. Unfortunately it also gets really loud being next to the runway.



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Two FOKKER D.VIII’s out of the Hood Aerodrome, photographed over the Wairarapa Valley, New Zealand on April 12, 2012: These two aeroplanes are owned by The 1914-1918 Aviation Heritage Trust. They were built by The Vintage Aviator in Wellington and are flown here by two masters, Gene DeMarco and John Bargh. I used a NIKON D3 at a 200th, f14. This was one of those perfect moments … super smooth air, super beautiful light, super great pilots, super lucky photographer. Doesn’t look real, but it was.


I had the great pleasure of spending the weekend with the “Legacy Flight Academy”, now in session at Tuskegee University. The Academy is a non-profit organization that conducts character-based youth aviation programs that draw upon the Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. They treated me royally! So much so that it’s going to take me a few days to recuperate! Among the special experiences was a surprise ride in an AT-6!!! That’s the type of aircraft I flew at Tuskegee Army Air force Field “back in the day”. That was more than 70 years ago! This time it took several people just to get me in the cockpit! That was a great experience...the flight, I mean. I’m told that that and other outstanding events of the weekend are available for viewing on Facebook under “Legacy Flight Academy”. I don’t have Facebook so I haven’t seen it. For more information about the “Legacy Flight Academy” please go to While on campus at Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute) we slowed down enough to take these pictures at a famous site, the statue of Booker T. Washington lifting “the Veil of Ignorance” from his people.

TIP: Memory Card ID Markings By Hayman Tam

We all have them, probably lots of them. Memory cards, the ubiqui-

Now I have also expanded this beyond memory cards, and apply the

tous fodder for our increasingly byte-hungry cameras. I’m sure most

same labels on my camera bodies, batteries, flashes, etc. Any bit of

of us have read various articles online about lost memory cards being

hardware that could get left behind or mixed in a pile with other peo-

returned to their owners. Or maybe it’s the story about recovering a

ple’s photo gear.

camera from the bottom of a lake and extracting images off the card but having no idea how to reach the owner.

NOTE: When Larry Grace saw my cards, he commented with another good idea. When using a fresh card, be sure that the first image is of

I hope many of you write your names on the cards, or at least on the CF cards since they provide a spot to do so. I chose to order custom address labels, with my phone number, from Vistaprint using a small font. I then trim the label to size and stick on my cards.

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