Thunder through the valleys
Low level flying, how it’s done and how it’s photographed

New book written and photographed by Philip Stevens
Would you like to know the story behind these sample images?

Low level flying in military aircraft at speeds approaching 500 mph and as low as 100 feet above the ground is as challenging for the pilot as it is for the photographer wishing to capture the action.

Thunder through the valleys
is two books in one, the main subject is about military low flying; the skills, reasons and dangers from a pilot’s perspective. The photographer describes the challenges he faced revealing how and where the images were taken from desert canyons and mountainsides to cockpits for air to air. Pilots, instructors and commanders describe their training, mission planning, systems and the aircraft they love to fly; from A-7 Corsairs and F-4 Phantoms to Tornados, Gripen, Sk60, Typhoons, F-15 Eagles, F16 Fighting Falcons and even F-22 Raptor.

Pilots fly low to deliver weapons or gather data and evade Radar. Pilots from air forces across Europe and the United States talk about the skills they need to be effective in very dangerous flying environments. They discuss the challenging flying conditions they face when flying fast and low over snow, the sea or through mountain ranges at night. Commanders with many years of low level flying experience give a fascinating insight in to their most memorable sorties and experiences from days gone by.

Thunder through the valleys will be published by a leading specialised aviation book publisher in 2018, it is planned to be 40,000 words and 250 colour images and should cost around £20 in paperback.

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Updates: Philip will email regular reports on the book's progress, his trips and ask for
feedback on the book's design and subject matter so we can design the book together.


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Philip Stevens has been an aviation photographer for over 40 years travelling across Europe and North America in pursuit of the perfect image which captures an aircraft in its natural surroundings combining action with the best light and backgrounds. This is what low level flying photography from a mountainside is about.

As a freelance journalist he has been commissioned to write articles on military aircraft and pilot training for major aviation magazines.

Philip accepts invitations to be a guest speaker at camera clubs and aviation minded societies, his fees and the sale of many of his pilot signed images are donated to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity.

   With RAF/MoD support a percentage of the    book's profits will go to Help for Heroes.