Special photographers capture images of special flights
Special photographers capture images of special flights The Blue Angels perform over Boston, MA. An elite group of Navy and Marine photographers are selected each year to travel the world with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team. (Terrence Siren/U.S. Navy via AP)
Special photographers capture images of special flights
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Fighter jet pilot Ryan Chamberlain has flown in war zones.  He has logged more than 300 landings on aircraft carriers.  And he has thrilled millions since 2013 with breathtaking maneuvers as part of the Navy's elite Blue Angels demonstration squadron.
 
But Lt. Chamberlain says his career's most memorable moment came after he took detailed instructions from the petty officer riding in the backseat of his F-18 Hornet.
 
Chamberlain and Navy photographer Terrence Siren flew over New York City with the Blue Angels in 2013.  Siren captured an iconic image.  It was of the blue and yellow jets streaking past the One World Trade Center tower.
 
"I will always look back at that image. It captures what we do, what we are about," Chamberlain said.
 
Siren is an accomplished combat photographer.  He will finish his tour of duty with the team in November. The New Orleans native is one of five photographers, all petty officers, assigned to the Blue Angels.  They are assigned for three-year stints.  Their job is to capture images of the six-fighter jet team.
 
Siren said it took time for him to feel confident enough to make suggestions to the world's best pilots.  That is despite having been a photographer for the Navy Seals.  And making various tours as a combat photographer.
 
"At first, I was thinking 'There is another plane 6 inches from my head. I'm not going to talk to this guy,'" he said. "But during photo shoots, there is a constant communication going on because I cannot move the plane and he cannot move the camera."
 
During demonstrations, the team reaches speeds of 700 mph.  The pilots and photographers can experience 7.5 times normal gravity.  It can be experienced during spins, turns and other maneuvers. The g-forces make a 10-pound camera feel like 75 pounds.
 
Blue Angels do not wear G-suits. Those are designed to keep someone from passing out by pushing the blood toward the head using inflatable bladders in the legs. The team's tight formations are sometimes just inches apart. They require careful control of the flight stick.  The suit bladders could interfere with that. The photographers also fly without G-suits.  They must learn breathing techniques.  And, they must stay physically fit to avoid passing out.
 
"It is like trying to take photographs while riding a roller coaster - a roller coaster on steroids," said Katy Holm of Naples, Florida.  She is another team photographer.
 
The Thunderbirds are the Air Force's aerial demonstration team.  The Thunderbirds have a similar program for Air Force photographers to fly with the team. Based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, the team flies six F-16Cs and two F-16Ds. The location of the flight stick does allow Thunderbird pilots and photographers to wear G-suits.
 
Navy photographer Andrea Perez of Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota, has passed out and thrown up while riding in the back of the Blue Angels' jets.
 
"It helps to be focused on the lens and not worried about what is going on outside - whether the ground is above your head or whether you are spinning in circles," she said.
 
After a ride in the jet, Perez said she feels drained. But the exertion is worth it when she reviews her photographs of the team flying wingtip to wingtip in tight formations.
 
"You have a viewpoint that no other photographer is going to have," she said. "It's pretty amazing."

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Why is photography important to the Blue Angels?
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COMMENTS (36)
  • baileyroly-
    12/04/2015 - 09:41 a.m.

    This story is about Naval photographers and there jobs. This story is mainly on the Blue Angels photographers. The photagraphers take the pictures from inside the plane almost any where in the US. This one happens to be in New York. This shows us a veiw that hardly anyone gets to see and they share it with everyone.

    CTQ: It is important because it shows every one just how special it is to be flying up there.

  • cailinwoly-
    12/04/2015 - 10:30 a.m.

    These are very interesting but what is most interesting about it is that they do shows and but they help people to by fighting in wars in stuff. I like when like at the super bowl or something they fly over football game or maybe baseball game those are cool to.

  • tjmoly-
    12/04/2015 - 11:57 a.m.

    this article is about the blew angels stunt six fighter team and professional photographers taking pictures of them going through loops and maneuvers while going 700 mph that is fast! This takes place in New York City, this is important because they can look at the photos and get promoted and earn money for doing the stunts.
    CTQ This is important to the blue angels because it means something for people to care about the dangerous thing they are doing.

  • kaiamoly-
    12/04/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    CTQ: Photography is important to the Blue Angels because the get to see something amazing and get the photos of a lifetime. Perez said " You have a viewpoint that no other photographer is going to have".
    Summary: A team of Photographers go on airplanes to get really good pictures.

  • liamloly-
    12/04/2015 - 12:26 p.m.

    This is about a team of pilots flying in dangerous conditions without proper suits and taking pictures. These pilots fly dangerously and fly with precision which is why they don't use suits. CTQ.

  • tylermoly-
    12/04/2015 - 01:15 p.m.

    I think this picture is of people learning to fly in a certain order.

  • allanajoly-
    12/04/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    this artical is about.......................taking pictures i think

  • natalieboly-
    12/04/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    Its a special kind of pictrue

  • ivoryfoly-
    12/04/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    This article is pretty interesting. It's about a fighter-jet pilot, by the name of Chamberlain. He and his team of fighter-jets are called the Blue Angels. Chamberlain is a Navy photographer. He said, "I will always look back at that image. It captures what we do, what we are about." The image mentioned was one of the team flying past the One World Trade Center, and that's pretty cool in my oponion. Not a lot of people get that opportunity to do things like that.

  • annasioly-
    12/04/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

    This is an article about the modern day people who take photos for the blue angels. They fly in the planes and take pictures. They sign up for 3 years to do this job. The person in the article enjoys it.
    CTQ
    Photography is important so they can have images for people who don't see the shows so they are more known. This helps with recruiting for the Navy.

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