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Air to Air Photography
Air to Air Academy / Sanicole Air Show

Leopoldsburg, Belgium
September 12-15, 2013
2013 Air Academy photo shoots
The 2013 Air Academy with Eric Coeckelberghs leading his Aviation PhotoCrew support team was this year centred around the Sanicole air show at Leopoldsburg in Belgium. It's aim was to offer serious photographers the opportunity to photograph aircraft of all types air to air. 50 photographers assembled at the small airfield for up to seven days, I was there for just four of those days. This was long enough to have a Skyvan flight and two backseat rides. The Skyvan flight gave me the chance to shoot a Skyraider, Hunter and F-16 Fighting Falcon at 7,500 feet. Earlier in the week I was flying with Hanno Wesdorp in the back of his AT-6 Texan shooting a Skyriader and an Avenger. Unfortunately bad weather curtailed this shoot before it got going, in fact the weather tried to spoil a number of the planned shoots, my 'super warbird' flight with six or seven warbirds was cancelled all together on the Saturday. I did manage to get a flight in a Dorner Do-27 in what was billed as a 'mixed formation' flight and was with a Chipmunk, two Yak-18s and a Speed Canard.
When you were not flying there were still many subjects to photograph as you can see below. The Air Academy is not just about air to air, its provides the chance to meet fellow photographs and make friends and gain contacts. Following on from last years Air Academy where I was asked by Aviation News to write an article (see link above) I have already done some exciting joint assignments with a new Academy member.
Academy photographers in action during the mixed formation flight - Canon 5D Mk.III + Canon f2.8L IS 70-200mm (123mm) f11 1/160 ISO 100
Left to right: DHC-1 Chipmunk (G-AOJR), Yakovlev Yak-18s (OO-IAK and D-EYAK) and Gyroflug SC-01 Speed Canard (D-ENWG).
Left to right: Grumman TBM-3R Avenger (53319 '19' registered HB-RDG) 'Charlie's Heavy'
AD-4NA Skyraider (126922 'H-503' registered as G-RADR).

Left to right: AD-4NA Skyraider (126922 'H-503' registered as G-RADR)
Hawker Hunter F.6A (G-KAXF painted in RNAF markings as 'N-294')
F-16AM Fighting Falcon (J-015) 'Orange Lion'.

Short SC.7 Skyvan (G-PIGY) of Invicta Aviation departing with Academy members for yet another air to air photo shoot.
Left to right: John Beattie and Eric Coeckelberghs pose during one of the night photo shoots with the Skyraider which is flown by Beattie as its display pilot.
Peter Lendle pilot of Dornier Do-27A-1 (D-EFFB c/n 271) from Rottweil/Zepfenhahn in Germany.
Hanno Wesdorp's North American AT-6A Texan (N13FY) Some last minute advice from Hanno.
Hanno and myself in the air during the shoot (image taken by Tom Houquet from the Avenger).
Left to right: Air Academy models

Sanicole air show including the Friday evening show
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-17-1 (9806) - Canon 5D Mk.III + Canon f2.8L IS 70-200mm (200mm) f.5 1/100 ISO 100
Left to right: Mil Mi-17-1s (9806 and 9767) of Czech Air Force.
Left to right: Mi-17-1s (9806 and 9767) of Czech Air Force.
Left to right: PZL-Swidnik SW-4 Puszczyk (6616 and 6618) of Polish Air Force.
Left to right: Belgium Air Force SIAI-Marchetti SF.260Ms of th Red Devils display team (ST-23, ST-03 and ST-15). CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub (EI-LSA).
Left to right: Lockheed L-1049F Super Constellation (HB-RSC) operated by Breitling.
Left to right: LET L-13 Blaníks (OE-5733 and OE-0758) of the Flying Bulls display team. Boeing AH-64D Apache (Q-17) of the Solo Display Royal Netherlands Air Force.

AeroSuperBatics Boeing PT-17 Stearman A75N-1 Kaydet (N71489 '2') sponsored by Breitling- Canon 5D Mk.III + Canon f4L IS 24-105mm (28mm) f7.1 15 seconds ISO 160
Left to right: Bucker Bu-131 Jungmann (F-AZVK c/n 27) of Breitling , The Flying Bulls XtremeAir XA41 / Sbach 300 (D-EVXA and D-EYXA).
Belgian Air Component Sea King Mk.48 (RS02) - Canon 5D Mk.III + Canon f4L IS 24-105mm (70mm) f5.6 30 seconds ISO 160
Left to right: Belgian Air Component Sea King Mk.48 (RS02).
Left to right: Belgian Air Force Agusta A109BA (H24) of the A109 Display Team.