From the tarmac of Naval Air Station Oceana to the lakefront of Toronto, Ontario, Virginia photographer Mike Lynaugh set out to assemble a photographic diary of the 2009 air show season. What he has created is some of the best photographs of the top aviators in the world today.
Each summer tens of millions of people head to their local airport or military installation to witness the incredible skill and daringness of the pilots on display in front of them. It is the fascination of being able to watch as men and women take their machines and soar through the air in seemingly impossible ways, that has made air shows one of the most popular outdoor activities in North America. Whether it is the barnstormer or the modern jet fighter, it is our fascination of flight that connects us and brings us together year after year.
This book is intended to be an extension of that passion of flight. Please take a look back through the past year and relive the memories as seen through Mike’s eyes.
From 2001 - 2005, Mike lived in Washington, D.C and photographed some of the most powerful people in the world as a photojournalist covering events at the White House, Pentagon on Capitol Hill. He has been a witness to history, and privileged to be able to record it through his lens. Mike currently lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife Kristie where he freelances for multiple news organizations. Mike is a credentialed photojournalist and an active member of the White House News Photographers Association.