Photoflying Days 2012
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Photoflying Days
Malle
Zoersel
Belgium
August 17th - 19th
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From August 15th to August 19th, the former NATO reserve airfield of Malle in the province of Limburg, Belgium, hosted the 3rd edition of the Photoflying Days which coincided with the 10th edition of the APCK(Aero Para Club der Kempen) fly-in.

The Photoflying days has, in the short time-span of 3 years, grown from a modest event to an international concept. It was all organized and conceived by Eric Coeckelberghs along with a small group of enthousiasts during the 2008 annual Chipmeet. Purpose of it all was to provide the opportunity to a select group of aviation photographers to shoot images of aircraft in their natural environment: up in the air.

The next year saw the additional participation of a couple of other aircraft, such as a Boeing Stearman and some Stampe SV-4s. In 2010, the group started the Air-to-Air Academy at the same annual event and it became an instant hit in Europe.

Now, just 3 years later, the Photoflying days can count on a vast international participation from both general aviation aircraft and warbirds, and the team can barely keep up with requests from photographers all over the world, all waiting to get the opportunity to take part in an air-to-air photoshoot.

Main camera ship for the aerial shoots is the InvictaSkyvan.

Although the Photoflying days is not an airshow but a fly-in, the event brings together an ever increasing group of aviation enthousiasts and photographers. Star of the 2012 event was to be the Breitling Lockheed Super Constellation (officially the Super Constellation Flyers Association from Switzerland), which unfortunately had to cancel at the very last moment due to engine problems. Its crew tried all week to get the Connie airborne, but to no avail. To compensate, the SCFA did send a worthy alternative to the event, namely the Breitling DC-3 Dakota.

A very welcome change to this year's edition of the Photoflying Days was the organization of an additional spotter package, including access to the entire airfield on Friday and Saturday as well as providing those photographers the opportunity to participate in what had to be the world's largest blue-hour photoshoot on both evenings.

The Air-to-Air academy participants took part in various theoretic photography classes before they could go up in the Skyvan. Various side classes were also organized such as model photoshoots, photoshoots with various re-enactors and several Ford Mustang classics.

What makes the airfield of Malle such a delightful location for all of this is its beautiful natural surroundings with a huge tree-line backdrop and the colorful heath fields. There's also a dedicated area where various re-enactors wander around and where several WWII vehicles, tents, weapons & even a tank are put on display.

The event is also open to the general public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where everyone has a chance to admire the aircraft present in the fantastic green environment, and where people can have a chat with the pilots and have the opportunity to see the aircraft taxiing, taking off and landing, all from sunrise till sunset.

Particpating aircraft ranged from a large array of small general aviation aircraft to a large amount of warbirds such as the P-51 Mustang, a Hawker Hurricane, a Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb, the Red Bull Corsair, Stearmans, Trojans , not one but two Grumman Avengers, the S-38B Osa's Ark,

The anticipated arrival of the Super Connie escorted by four BAF F-16 Fighting Falcons obviously did not go through, but the BAF was kind enough to send 2 special painted F-16s on several flybys nonetheless.

When the last photoflight of the day ended, the Academy participants and the spotters were given the opportunity to take part in some magnificent blue-hour photoshoots. No effort was spared as there were several photo models and re-enactors present, as well as a number of classic Ford Mustangs (www.mustangdrivers.be).

This continued until well after sundown, at which time the taxiway was lit with several floodlights and a couple of thousand gallons of water was sprayed down to add a nice effect to the night shootings.

On Saturday night, all photographers were treated to a fabulous night shoot starring the Breitling DC-3 on a wet tarmac and with its engines running!

I think we can all safely say that the 2012 Photoflying days again were a huge success and that we're all looking forward to seeing what Eric and the crew can come up with to top it all again next year.

A big thanks to everyone involved in organizing the event!

Participating aircraft list

Aeronca 7EC
BAC 84 Jet Provost T5A
Beech C-43
Beech G-18S
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Boeing N2S-3 Kaydet
Boeing PT-17 Kaydet
C165 Airmaster
CEA DR-220 2+2
Cessna 172R Skyhawk
Cessna 195B
Cessna 404 Titan
Cessna LC-126A (195)
Christen Pitts S-2B Special
Decathlon
DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
DeHavilland DH-84 Dragon
Douglas DC-3 Dakota
Douglas DC-3 Dakota
Extra EA-300L
Extra EA-400
Fokker S11
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger
Grumman TBM-3R Avenger
Gyroflug SC-01B-160 Speed Canard
Hawker Hurricane
Murphy Renegade Spirit
North American AT-6A Texan
North American T-28 Trojan
North American T-28B Trojan
North American TF-51D-25NA Mustang
Piaggio P 149D
Pilatus P-3
Piper J-3C-65 Cub
Piper L-18C Super Cub
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Piper PA-28-181
Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II
Pitts S-2C Special
Reims F150L
Robinson R-44 Raven II
Robinson R-44 Raven II
Robinson R-44 Raven II
Robinson R-44 Raven II
RV-8
Scottish Aviation Bulldag T1
Short SC-7 Skyvan 3-100
Sikorsky S-38B
Stampe Vertongen SV-4B
Stampe Vertongen SV-4C
Stampe Vertongen SV-4C
Stampe Vertongen SV-4C
Stinson AT-19 Reliant
Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II SR G
Sukhoi 26 MX
Sukhoi 29
Supermarine 349 Spitfire Mk. LfVb
Tecnam P92 Echo
Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Yakovlev Yak 18
Yakovlev Yak 52
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Aerocom
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Aer Lingus
Dutch Dakota Association
Super Constellation Flyers Assoc.
Private
Private
Private
AMPAA
Trachsel Charles
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
APCK
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Invicta Aviation
Tom Schrade
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Private
Poweraerobatics
RAFC
Private
Private
Red Bull
Private
Private
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G-JPVA
N295BS
N45CF
OO-VBA
N56200
N56608
G-BTDE
OO-CCD
OO-CVE
G-BTBJ
OO-MAP
N3458V
N511MF
N86974
F-AZJV
G-AOJR
GEI-ABI
PH-PBA
HB-IRJ
D-EXKV
N121AG
PH-GRB
F-AZJA
HB-RDG
D-ENGW
G-HURI
OO-D10
N13FY
NX377W
N343NA
PH-VDF
OO-VMH
F-AZHG
D-EMMV
OO-LGB
G-MGMM
OO-PEG
OO-SAB
OO-VMY
OO-VMX
OO-VMC
OO-EBU
OO-VCU
PH-DRT
N4212A
G-INDI
OO-RSJ
OO-MTM
OO-CHE
OO-SLQ
OO-KMN
PH-SCP
G-CBJJ
G-BEOL
N28V
OO-WIL
OO-SPM
OO-GWA
OO-GWB
N1943S
OO-147
HA-DRP
HA-YAT
G-MKVB
OO-G83
OE-EAS
G-CBSS
OO-IAK

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