Hi, my name is Tony Roper. I’ve been taking photographs of aircraft from about the age of 13 when I was introduced to the world of Aviation by my Stepdad. This interest led me into a career in Air Traffic Control which I’ve been part of for over 30 years. Starting as an ATC Assistant in the RAF, this gave me plenty of opportunities to develop my aviation photography, with access to areas out of bounds to most. I left the RAF in 1998, becoming a Civilian ATC Assistant before progressing on to be a Controller.
Over the last few years I have been providing photos to Jane’s for their yearbooks and magazines, in particular Fighting Ships (JFS). As well as the photos I also carry out research on the Russian navy providing data to the JFS editor to help keep the information in the book and online portal as accurate as possible. I have written a number of articles for their Jane’s Intelligence Review magazine, specialising on the Russian navy, radio communications and other areas of intelligence gathering. I’ve also had work published in their other magazines – Defence Weekly, Navy International and International Defence Review.
I have also contributed to books and my photos have been used by aircraft leasing companies to showcase their aircraft for sale or lease.
In recent times I’ve worked closely with PROCITEC, a German company that has created some of the best SIGINT gathering software in the world.
I am available for military photography and can be contacted by filling out the form below for further enquiries.