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 Air Traffic Control, in which I’ve been part of for nearly 27 years, starting as an ATC Assistant in the RAF. Serving in the RAF 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 Civillian ATC Assistant before progressing on to be a Controller.
Most recently I have been providing photos to IHS Jane’s for their yearbooks and magazines, in particular Fighting Ships, and I have written articles for their Jane’s Intelligence Review magazine. As well as the photos in Fighting Ships, I also carry out research on the Russian Navy providing data to the editor to help keep the information in the book as accurate as possible. Photos have also been published in Warships IFR.
As well as the IHS Jane’s publications, my work has been published in many other magazines and books and have been used by aircraft leasing companies.
I also write for The Spectrum Monitor where I generally specialise in listening to the Military radio bands, especially the Russian Navy and Air Force.
To view some of my photos and videos take a look at my website:
Tony Roper Photography