One aviation photographer made history last week when he photographed every single American jet demo team flying at the same time.
Last week, 21 jets went up in formation over Lake Erie for what would be the largest photo shoot in aviation history. The brave cameraman of this legendary shoot was Glenn Watson, aerial photographer and pilot out of Central Texas. Watson took these incredible images from the back seat of Blue Angel number eight, a two-seater Boeing Hornet belonging to the U.S. Navy demonstration team. For the history-making shoot, Watson stuck to his go-to setup, a 24-70mm on a Nikon D810.
According to The Aviationist, where you can find Watson's full interview, this is likely the first and last time all demo teams will be photographed at the same time. Due to the extremely dangerous nature of the shoot, it took a year to plan every crucial detail including altitudes, route, and formations. You can check out all of Watson's images on his Mach Point One Aviation Photography website. I have seen all of the teams perform at airshows before; it is incredible to watch. I cannot imagine how thrilling it would be to photograph them from the air; it's truly an impressive and noteworthy accomplishment by the whole crew.
Lead image used with permission of Glenn Watson.