Warhawk Shootout! Warbird Adventures to Host P-40 Photo Event

Photo by Mike Killian
Aircorps Art Dec 2019

Photographers, videographers and other visual artists across the US Southeast are in for a treat this month in South Carolina. A group of Curtiss P-40 Warhawks are set to arrive at the American Dream SkyRanch (18SC) and Warbird Adventures, to take part in the Photo Warhawk Shootout. Warhawk pilot and owner, Thom Richard, is opening his private airfield up for an amazing experience over the three-day weekend of June 16th thru 18th, 2023.

A starlit scene of the kind which photographers should be able to capture at the Warhawk Shootout. (photo by Mike Killian)

Located in the town of Ninety-Six, South Carolina, this event is tailor-made for photographers and other visual artist – and with a little luck, it will become an annual festivity. Content creators play a vital role in telling and promoting the story of aviation –  helping to keep history alive. If you think about it, their reach and audience far exceed the cumulative attendance at air shows nationwide, and the  impact their work has on the aviation community and general public is greater and more long lasting. Led by professional aviation photojournalists Mike Killian and Ricardo Von Puttkammer, this event holds the promise of providing unique photographic opportunities which an air show attendee could only dream of – the setting, the subjects and the atmosphere will be electric!
Describing what attendees will have the chance of capturing, Thom Richard stated: “We have FAA approval to give you some close fly-bys with P-40 Warhawk ‘American Dream’, and to even give you some head-on passes (within legal limits). We will hold a sunset static shoot, and conduct a night engine run with all the P-40s in attendance. The icing on the cake will be a Milky Way night sky shoot over the planes, as there is very little light pollution at the Ranch and there will be no moonlight that weekend – Mike Killian will lead the Milky Way workshop, with Ricardo von Puttkammer’s expert input.”
Free dry camping for RV’s, campers, or tents is available, so bring the family and (friendly) dogs to stay for free! We will provide pizza on Saturday night, with music, a fire pit, games, and a pond for fishing, swimming and relaxation – The Ranch is a magical place! We will, however, need a minimum number of paying photographers attending to justify the cost of running the planes and getting one in the air. The cost per photographer is $150; arrive on June 16th and leave on June 18th. Furthermore, if at least twenty photographers attend, we will raffle off an air-to-air photo shoot! The winner will go up in a T-6 to photograph a P-40 – a rare opportunity! And if anyone wants an aerial T-6/P-40 or T-6/T-6 shoot, we can arrange that for an additional fee.
Please email p40thom@gmail.com to secure your spot!

American Dream, the Curtiss P-40 which will fly at the event. (photo by Mike Killian)

This special event will be the American Dream Skyranch’s first annual P-40 gathering, and they intend to make it even bigger next year! The team is looking forwards to having you attend the inaugural Warhawk Shootout! Richard and the gang will email everyone attending with more info and an itinerary for the shoot closer to the event, as well as providing photographic gear tips for the night shoot. They hope to make this an annual thing, getting bigger and better each time. We certainly look forwards to seeing what they all produce!


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