For me, the love and passion for every aspect of aviation began at a very young age. My late father was a pilot and an
aviation buff and it was natural for me to follow suit. I can remember going to my first Airshow at the age of three and just
being amazed by the sights and sounds of the field. The Blue Angels in their A-4's, the sound of the P-51, the
grace of one RA Bob Hoover, and the mystique of the late Jimmy Franklin as Zar.
One recent memory with my father was attending the Peoria Airshow in the late 90's. I remember seeing the USAF Heritage
Flight for the first time. My dad and I looked at each other and said "they are going to join" (F-16 and P-51). I will
never forget the P-51 demo. I am called "Horse51" as my passion is for the Mustang. From the 90's and even earlier, my passion and
love not only for the P-51, but the Heritage Flight in general, will always be near and dear to me. I will admit, it
is a heartfelt moment seeing the HF today and thinking of that moment in time with my father.
Photography came much later for me. I always did have a camera and started out at the 35mm film level and have moved
to the much more advanced SLR and long glass. I have also been blessed to meet some of the finest pilots and performers
and have been given some of the best opportunities that I could ever ask for. All photography aside, I will say it is the people you
meet along the journey that make this possible. They help motivate me to do this every weekend and for that I am thankful.
In addition to providing pictures for many pilots and performers, my work also appears in magazines and on excellent websites
such as Fencecheck, Airshowstuff Magazine, the Warbird Heritage Foundation, and Midwest Flyer to name a few.
Alan currently resides in Sandwich, Illinois, with his wife and 2 children.