September was one of the best months of the year. Not only did we visit the Oldtimer Flieger Treffen at Hahnweide (Germany) but we, the aviation photocrew, also had our very own event; the Air to Air Academy. An unique concept where photographers learn to take air to air photo’s. Not only lessons but they also go up in the air for some live action. The previous editions were held at the airfield of Zoersel, but this year we organized it at the famous Sanicole aeroclub, known for the Sanicole Airshow. And that gave lots of opportunities. The first day saw no action as it was mainly setting up the hangar and do some of the last minute planning. The second day was much better photography wise. As you can see on the pictures below the flightline was full of our photoships so the planning of the first flight’s could get started. On the picture below you can see our flightplanner Michael, Skyvan pilots Bob and Tony, and the T-6 pilot Hanno. Pictures from the flight will follow in a later post.
Some more pictures and info about the A2A Academy can be seen here:
The one but last post about the first Hahnweide album. The waving shot could have served as the very last shot as well but I have something a bit more moody in mind.
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Let’s start the weekend with a video of the Yankee Air Museum. The voice-over may be a bit over the top, but the footage is very cinematic and powerful. Later this weekend I’ll post some more pictures from Hahnweide.
The sunsets during the oldtimer flieger treffen at Hahnweide were simply amazing. The weather was beautiful and when the sun was setting the skies turned from orange to dark blue. These are the sunset pics I was able to make together with the Lightning picture I published earlier. And when talking about lightnings, the last evening there was a thunderstorm passing by, quite far from the field, but we could see them going through the clouds. I tried hard to take a decent picture of the Red Bull Lightning with a real lightning in the back but unfortunately they weren’t bright enough to appear on the pictures…
And this is how it’s done. Sitting in a Do-27 flying next to a Junkers 52. Not really a close formation but good enough to get some good images from Tante Ju. Some more can be seen here: http://apron6.com/2013/11/10/tante-ju-2/. I’d love to do this again in wintertime during sunrise or just before darkness. Must have some great colours and lighting as well…
A picture from another photoflight we did during the Hahnweide oldtimer treffen. This one is also made from the Dornier 27. Though I considered this one a difficult flight photography-wise. It’s the only time using a Do-27 that I had trouble getting the plane in my frame. The two super T-6′s that followed after this Bucker were positioned better and I ended up having better photo’s of those two. Anyway, still managed to capture some interesting shots!