Atlanta Warbird Weekend Invites Photographers for Rare Aviation Experience
Photographers are invited to participate in unique aviation workshops in conjunction with Atlanta Warbirds Weekend (AWW), Sept. 24 and 25 at Dekalb Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Ga. 3G Aviation Media photo workshops are scheduled Saturday with an additional editing workshop and a sunrise photo shoot on Sunday. New this year is an air-to-air photo experience on Saturday. Interested photographers are encouraged to sign up early because past workshops have sold out.
“Photographers will be able to expand their photographic knowledge and skills in our small-group workshops that include classroom presentations, hands-on instruction and group dialogue,” said Douglas Glover of 3G Aviation Media. “Additionally, we are pleased to have the support of Nikon this year, allowing our students to shoot with the latest camera equipment, helping to push their creative limits further.”
Saturday’s workshop ($199) runs from 10am to 8 pm, and several aircraft will be positioned for the sunset and twilight photo shoots. This year’s AWW program features the AVG Flying Tigers and the largest gathering of Curtiss P-40 Warhawks in 50 years, so the experience will be unequaled anywhere. At least 10 P-40s are expected to fly in for the event in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). Click HERE to sign up for the Saturday workshop, a separate air-to-air workshop will be offered for the first time on Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm, with costs starting at $1,699. Click HERE to sign up for air-to-air sessions.
Sunday’s Editing Workshop ($99) will be from 9 am to 1pm, following the 6:30am sunrise photo shoot hosted by the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing, which is coordinating AWW as a community event for the third year. Click HERE to sign up for the Sunday workshops.
The Curtiss P-40 was highly associated with the Flying Tigers and was the third- most- produced fighter plane of WWII. Very few are still flying and the AWW event will be a rare opportunity to see these aircraft together. Several vintage WWII aircraft are joining the spectacular fleet of P-40 Warhawks that will be on display. Expected are P-51 Mustangs, FG-1D Corsair, several trainers and liaison aircraft, a DC-3 and other significant WWII aircraft, including a Curtiss C-46 Commando, nicknamed "Tinker Belle", most famous for operations in the China-Burma-India theater and the Far East.
“This weekend is dedicated to the remembrance and celebration of the men, women and machines of the Greatest Generation,” said Mo Aguiari, program coordinator. “AWW is a catalyst that brings together organizations, aircraft and people to keep this history alive, and to engage the public and businesses to preserve the spirit of America’s shared past.”
Veterans groups, re-enactors and educational displays will engage the public with the aircraft and their stories. AWW also will include businesses on the field, such as the 57th Fighter Group restaurant, a WWII fighter-themed business owned by Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame recipient Pat Epps.
Atlanta Warbird Weekend is open free to the public from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Plenty of parking will be available for $10 per car. Rides will be available in the Dixie Wing’s P-51, Douglas SBD-5 dive bomber and an LT-6 Mosquito. Rides on the CAF aircraft can be purchased in advance (HERE), for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Rides are popular with veterans who remember these vintage aircraft, and are equally appreciated by younger aviation fans who have never had an opportunity to experience flight in an historic 70-year-old warplane. Rides may be purchased during the show if space is available.