Dietmar’s Passion for Flight

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Air to Air Photography by Dietmar Schreiber

I went to Alaska in June to take photos of military aircraft during an exercise, and of civilian aircraft during my “off air base” time. While photographing airliners from the back side of Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport, I struck up conversations with a few like-minded photographers… and as the old saying goes… “one thing led to another…”.

I met Austrian Dietmar Schreiber whose hobby – no – his passion, is air to air photography. He’s 45 years old and has worked at the Vienna International Airport since 1985… the past 20 years in airport operations, so he’s immersed in aviation on an almost daily basis. As far as photography goes, he has a soft spot in his heart for old propliners, as we will see in the coming days.

As we spoke in Anchorage, he received a pair of phone calls regarding two air to air photography flights during the following days.  Although he’ll gladly follow along with others who plan photo flights, this man has an amazing talent of contacting the right people at the right time, and arranging for suitable aerial platforms to be ready for air to air shoots.  Not just with any aircraft either… we’re talking about airliners, air freighters, and military jets as well as general aviation and warbird aircraft (the last two groups seem to be easier to work with in my limited experience).  Here’s a sampling of some of his work… we’ll be sharing more photos by Dietmar in the future, so check in regularly.

The banner photo is of the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Demonstration pilot and jet, as he pulled in close to the photo ship.  This was done while in company with a group of Belgian photographers. Not a bad way to pass time, behind your lens composing photos like this?!

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 A Desert Air DC-3C over Alaska

YAK_5766_S2-ACR_20140224Bangladesh Biman’s last DC-10 in flight… it was the final commercial DC-10 in service!

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French Air Force Rafales

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C-47s over Europe

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Everts Air Cargo Curtiss Commando at home over the Alaskan wilderness

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Czech Air Force Saab Gripens

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Brietling’s Super Constellation from above

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German Navy P-3C Orion

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Dietmar Schreiber at work!

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Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 32 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site, and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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