Graeme’s early interest in matters aeronautical was inspired by his father & uncle who were both pilot officers at the end of WW2. He consolidated this himself as a naval cadet, flying in the Whirlwind SAR helicopter and Sea Prince navigational trainer. Graeme’s enthusiasm for aviation photography was honed during his teenage years around Portsmouth where he haunted the three local military airfields, Lee on the Solent, Fleetlands & Thorney Island. The latter was particularly popular as it controlled the entry to the low level route along the south coast, affording exciting shots of Vulcans, Hunters, F-111s and many others.
Since that time Graeme has pursued his vocation on a global basis visiting military bases and air shows throughout the UK, Western & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and the USA.
Ever improving technically Graeme’s photographs show his passion for ‘planes and are distinguished by his constant striving for excellence.
“Three of the most exciting days of my life, were spent visiting the US Navy Topgun base in Nevada (NAS Fallon)”.
Paul grew up next to Shoreham Airport, his passion for flight fuelled by watching the war birds going through their paces over the historic airfield. Lakenheath in the late 70s, F-111s, F-4s & F-86s touch ‘n goes, the roar of engines at full throttle and the smell of jet fuel triggered a lifetime love affair for Paul.
For the next two decades Paul traveled throughout the UK and Europe learning his craft at all major deployments and exercises. He was one of the first photographers permitted to take pictures in the old Eastern Bloc.
Paul’s priority is military aviation but his first picture in print was an ill-fated Air India 747 that made the front pages of the national press. Subsequently, Paul has had pictures published in brochures, calendars and cards throughout the world.
With age and marriage, Paul has reduced his hectic travelling around Europe, tending now to concentrate on more exotic shots worldwide.
“I never tire of sitting next to an active runway as the jets pass at full throttle, or sitting on a Welsh mountain side photographing jets as they fly below you, nothing comes close to it.”
Andrew started his life in rural Norfolk. Not content with being surrounded by military airfields such as Coltishall, Horsham St. Faith, Honington and Marham. Andrew also managed to live on the flight paths between Bentwaters, Lakenheath, Alconbury and the Wash training areas.
Not surprisingly Andrew grew up living, breathing and loving aircraft and only colour blindness prevented him from becoming a pilot. However the flight world’s loss is aviation photography’s gain. Since his visit to Nevada for the USAF anniversary air show in 1997, Andrew’s passion for photographing military aircraft has become over-riding.
Andrew has travelled throughout Europe and across the world to Japan, Israel and the USA in pursuit of the perfect aviation photography and his work is frequently seen in magazines. Andrew is also a regular contributor to UKAR.
Andrew’s photographs are for the connoisseur and are characterized by flair and meticulous attention to detail.
Roger comes from an Air Force family. His father and uncle were both members of the then fledgling Royal Air Force – indeed the latter had the distinction of being taught to fly by “Bomber” Harris and subsequently became a personal pilot to King Hussein of Jordan.
Roger’s enthusiasm was kindled while watching the sheer power of a Lightning Fighter climbing through several thousand feet in seconds, an awesome engineering achievement that made a deep impression.
Roger has a similar interest in naval shipping and for over forty years he has photographed military aviation and naval subjects throughout the world.
Roger supplies material to Janes Defence Publishing and his work appears in “Excalibur”, he is pleased to have recently contributed to Seaforth’s “Safeguarding the Nation”.
Married to Kathleen with two sons, Roger spent 32 years in uniform with the Territorial Army – including two tours attached to the RAF – firstly with a Chinook Squadron in Germany and more recently with a Jaguar Squadron seeing active service in the Bosnia Operation and also policing the Northern No Fly Zone over Iraq.
Roger’s photographs are noted for their clarity and energy.
Joe grew up in the tiny island of Malta, right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. In his teens, Joe grew up next to the RAF base at Luqa and at 11 years of age he was already whizzing round the base, hopping from one bus to another with an old Voigtlander camera to get to the best location for a good picture.
Having started photographing military aircraft in 1971, Joe is now fast approaching his 50th year of doing what he loves best and that is undoubtedly to be close to military aircraft. Totally unconnected with his work career but firmly part of his pastime, Joe went on to create the Malta International Airshow in 1993 and has since led 25 years of air shows in Malta. Joe sits on the board of directors of the European Airshow Council, as well as being president of the Malta Aviation Society. Ultimately, Joe loves nothing better than military aviation photography.
Joe has travelled to many countries on a global scale and his photography has progressed in line with the pace of new equipment and possibilities.
‘While my passion for military aviation is strong, I keep in mind the servicemen and women who work on each aircraft I photograph. No plane flies without the guys & girls who maintain and fly the machine’.