||Eichwalde , Germany
I am 62 years old and I have been a total aviation person my life long. I started aircraft photography in the early 70's. After about 10 years, I stopped aircraft photography completely due to conflict with my professional and family life. However, the virus was only dormant, and I re-started again about 10 years ago. I very much enjoy the possibilities of todays D-SLR equipment compared with 40years ago when photography was still a lot about b&w darkroom activity and action photography was only a remote possibility with Kodachrome 25 slide films.
I was intrigued by milavia's collaborative concept and the contributions I made are my first web publications. However, quite a few of my 1970's photos have found their way into F-40 books on German Armed Forces aircraft.
In my professional life, I studied aeronautical engineering at Aachen and made my PhD in aero engines in 1983. I worked for Rolls-Royce for more than 25 years in aero engine R&D. Now I am in early retirement, but I still do consultancy for my old company.
I am married and I have 3 adult sons. I am grateful to my wife Heidi, who clearly believes I am crazy but still lives with me.