Name a jet—any jet—and chances are high that Katsuhiko Tokunaga has photographed it. For nearly 40 years he’s been considered the master of air-to-air photography, and one of only a handful qualified to choreograph inflight photo shoots of multimillion-dollar jet fighters blasting ahead at hundreds of miles an hour. Tokunaga, who is based in Japan, spends most of the year traveling the world, often doing shoots for European manufacturers and air forces, who trust him with these exceedingly difficult and expensive projects.
Tokunaga recently released the third book in his series of powerful aircraft photography: Super Blue 3. The hefty, 320-page volume (in Japanese) features some of his classic images, like five stacked F-16C Fighting Falcons flying over the South China Sea in 2015 and two Saab Drakens flying nose to tail over Austria in 2005. Tokunaga also follows demonstrator teams to create unique scenes. In Super Blue 3, you’ll find photos of aircraft carrier training, military aircrew engaged in wargames, and tight cockpit shots that make you feel like you’re there for the ride.
See more of Tokunaga’s photos in the gallery above.