On January 1st, I was finally able to catch the Alaska Airlines "Make-A-Wish" Boeing 737-400, this was an airliner that I had been after for around five years. I knew at that time that 2015 was going to be a phenomenal year!
On February 17th, Rylan and I attended the Naval Air Facility El Centro 2015 Winter/Blue Angels Photocall. It's always incredible to see the Blue Angels practicing at NAF El Centro, and we were also treated to some excitement out at the NAFEC CALA.
On February 28th, Rylan and I attended the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma 2015 Airshow. We both love attending the MCAS Yuma Airshow, and this one was no disappointment.
In March, we chased many of the American Airlines 787-8 test flights that arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It was a lot of fun to catch their brand new aircraft while their pilots were learning to fly them.
On March 13th and 14th, I was back at Naval Air Facility El Centro for their 2015 Air Show. I was finally able to attend their night shoot, something that I had missed the previous year. The air show is always awesome, but I usually don't get to photograph much of it as I am there trying to promote AzAP's 'The Out-of-Towners.'
On March 17th, I was able to tour and photograph a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), No. 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron, de Havilland Canada CT-142 Dash-8 "Gonzo." I had photographed them a couple of years earlier, and the said that when they came back that I could take a closer look at their airplane.
On April 16th, I was finally able to catch a Boeing E-4B Advanced Airborne Command Post when it arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
On April 12th, I went up to Scottsdale Airport to photograph The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom tour. I always love to see warbirds in the air.
On April 17th, Rylan and I went down to Yuma, Arizona to spend the day covering the WTI 2-15 HA/DR exercise held at Kiwanis Park.
On April 30th, I arrived on the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while she was underway in the Pacific Ocean.
September 10th-13th was Marine Week here in Phoenix, and there was activity all over the city. Rylan and I were able to catch some of the action out at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
In September we were excited to announce that Ottosen Photography had become an official military aviation photography vendor to Bell Helicopter.
On October 16th, Rylan and I made our way back down to Yuma, Arizona to cover the WTI 1-16 NEO exercise at Kiwanis Park, we also spent some time photographing the aircraft around MCAS Yuma.
On October 24th, I attended another Arizona Aviation Photographers (AzAP) night shoot at Pima Air and Space Museum. These are always a lot of fun, and a great way to spend an evening with friends.
And finally, on November 17th, Rylan and I made it back out to Naval Air Facility El Centro for the Fall 2015 Photocall.
As you can see, 2015 was an incredible year for Rylan and I, and we feel very blessed to have been able to have so many awesome experiences. We also felt like we should do something to give back, so we made donations to two aviation crowdfunding campaigns.
And now, it's time for our top five favorite photos from 2015:
Thanks for joining us on all of our adventures, thank you for an absolutely incredible 2015, and cheers to an equally incredible 2016! We couldn't do it without all y'all, thanks again and Happy New Year!
-Matt & Rylan Ottosen