[BTSV] Tyler Stableford's Incredible Photoessay On The Modern Fighter Pilot

I know that we've experienced a pretty big spate of aviation-related posts over the past few weeks. Anyone else getting sick of them? No? Good. Me neither. Here's another one that is just too cool, and makes me way too jealous.

Tyler Stableford is an Aspen-based action and adventure photographer who has won countless awards for his work, has been named one of Canon's 'Explorers of Light' and one of the seven best action photographers in the world by Men's Journal. In this project, Tyler strove to make a connection with the pilots and dig a little bit deeper to find out the effects that their career choice has had on their lives. Rather than just taking pictures, he wanted to make a visual statement and be able to have each picture share an emotion with the viewer. I'd say that he was wildly successful. While I wish that there was a little bit more tech-talk and how-to included, it's still a rare glimpse into the workings of a well-established photographer making killer images.

You can see more images from the shoot on his website, which is absolutely worth a visit.

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harry's picture

Um, nothing new here.  USAF Public Affairs photographers take the same pics...

How about doing a photo shoot of the guys that actually do the work to make the planes fly for once?  You know the RADAR technicians, life support crews, aircraft mx, weapons loaders, E&E techs, Radio guys, etc.

James's picture

Is he experiencing any g-forces during the interview ?

Surgery ...

A little boys dream... This kinda takes me back to my childhood and all my "adventures" stories that I would tell. Good job! 


Rex's picture

Nice feature. When I shot in a fighter jet one of my biggest technical problems was the distortion caused by shooting through the thick glass of the canopy. The Pentagon wouldn't let me mount a camera and that was disappointing and limited some shots of the pilots that Tyler managed to get.
For a little while my pilot lost radio contact with air traffic control and we had to fly in a tight circle with heavy G's  until making contact with ATC in a nearby city. We had to do our own spotting for small aircraft and possible hot air balloons until making radio contact.

Next to me was a BIG steel knife mounted by the seat. It was explained that if things go bad and the canopy doesn't blow you have to chop your way out. Hmmm

There was a pilot I met who had to eject a couple years earlier. The violent force compressed his spine making him permanently a little over an inch shorter.

When flying close to the ground it feels like riding a bullet. During a steep dive,  zero G's, weightless !

Cool video, Thanks.