It was one of those pivotal moments I'm sure everyone has as an aviation photographer when the shutter fires away and you get that photo you've been visualising over and over.

Tick that's that aircraft off my monuments list I thought.

What I'm talking about is when one awesome piece of machinery visited my hometown - Brisbane Airport. Iron Maiden with their custom painted Boeing 747-400 known as Ed Force One popped in on their round the world tour.

Why not just use the term bucket list? Well it feels rather ending to me, like I should just die the next day after I've done everything on it.

It got me thinking.

What are those monumental aircraft or places to photograph?

Thinking out loud but for me some are:

  • Ed Force One
  • Air Force One
  • Mach Loop
  • Anchorage Airport
  • St. Maarten Airport
  • Air to Air from a helicopter
  • Ilyushin IL-96
  • Tupolev Tu-160
  • Rockwell Lancer
  • Antonov An-225
  • St. Moritz
  • Axalp
  • Queenstown
  • Innsbruck

I'm sure I could think of more but it's a start and I'm sure it would never stop growing.

Speaking from experience, I feel somewhat triumphant and proud when I've been to or photographed one of these monuments.

It's going to be different for everyone that's for sure.

Military aficionados will have a different list to Commercial buffs. Vintage diehards will have another list to Bizjets fans. You could have a real mix bag like what I've mentioned above.

Everyone has a list that they can consider to be their monuments.

Everyone's got a desire to photograph that something that ticks their boxes.

As aviation photographers we have goals.