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 over 30 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.
Over the last few years I have been providing photos to IHS Jane’s for their yearbooks and magazines, in particular Fighting Ships. As well as the photos 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. I have written articles for their Jane’s Intelligence Review magazine, specialising on the Russian navy, radio communications and other areas on intelligence gathering.
I’ve also had work published in their other magazines – Defence Weekly, Navy International and International Defence Review.
As well as the IHS Jane’s publications, my work has been published in many other magazines such as Warships IFR, radio magazines such as The Spectrum Monitor and in Airliner World.
I have also contributed to books and my photos have been used by aircraft leasing companies to showcase their aircraft for sale or lease.
I am available for military photography and can be contacted by filling out the form below for further enquiries.