Antoine 'Twan' Roels joined the Belgian Air Force in 1965. During the last 15 years of his 38-year long career he has been the official photographer for the BAF - Public Affairs Services. In that function he was the sole photographer allowed to fly the air-to-air photo missions in all the types of BAF aircraft and responsible for the photography in the official BAF publications and countless reports for international aviation books and magazines.
He logged nearly 4500 flying hours for air-to-air photography in over 150 different aircraft types of several air forces and flew and photographed with most of the aerobatic display teams as 'Patrouille de France', 'Red Arrows', 'Frecce Tricolori', 'Patrulla Aguila', 'Patrouille de Suisse', 'Canadian Snowbirds', and 'Biele Albatrosy'.
In the period from 1995 - 1997, he was assigned for most of the aerial photography for the Belgian VRT television production 'Windkracht 10', a 23 episodes long fiction TV series about life, love and adventures of the pilots and crews of the 40th Search and Rescue Squadron of Koksijde AFB.
After his retirement from the Belgian Air Force in 2003, Antoine founded IAPA, the International Aviation Photography Agency, which has the capability to provide any aviation business company with the perfect photography for all their publications.
For his air-to-air assignments he can appeal on the best 'formation cleared' pilots and most suitable aircraft, -from open canopy training aircraft till fast jets. These allow perfect photo shoot conditions as well for slow aircraft as for the fastest commercial, business or military jets.
In 1992 he became also member of the CAF, the Commemorative Air Force -formerly known as the Confederate Air Force-, -THE AIR FORCE- who still fly all those 'old' WWII aircraft at air shows all over the USA. As crewmember of the only flying B-29A and 'Diamond Lil' the oldest B-24A WWII bomber of the whole world and still flying he spends every year lots of weeks touring around in the USA as crewmember with those aircraft.
In 2010 he obtained a Master degree in Photography and Photo Journalism
Antoine Roels is also member of ISAP, The International Society of Aviation Photographers, a society that gathers the leading aviation photographers of the world, the Belgian Aviation Press Club, Flanders Aviation Society FAS, and The Vieilles Tiges van de Belgische Luchtmacht.
Although only a small selection of pictures are shown in the galleries, at www.iapa.be, the International Aviation Photography Agency has a aviation photo archive of more then 100.000 pictures, so if you don't find the picture you're looking for, have a look at iapa.be, send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. and maybe I can help you to find what you're looking for....and if not.....a photoshoot with your preferred plane can always be arranged.
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Antoine Roels joined Fine Art America on March 6th, 2008.