Red Flag 10-2 through the lenses of Alberto Riva

Alberto Riva ( is a journalist and photographer based in New York City. He’s a member of the International Society for Aviation Photography and reader of this weblog. Along with 150 shooters from around the world he had the opportunity to visit Nellis AFB, Nevada, at the beginning of the Red Flag 10-2 exercise, during the ISAP IX, the ninth convention of the International Society for Aviation Photography. After the visit, he also wrote an interesting article for NYCAviation with stunning photographs, describing the highlights of the convention, comprising the visit to Nellis. One of the most interesting statement of the article is that: “Aviation shooters, who tend to like cool new gear, can often be focused on the specifications of their hardware rather than the images they can take with it”. This is certainly true, even if sometimes new hardware and modern equipment don’t only help to improve the quality of the pictures as they are taken, but provide the photographer with more post-editing options.

You can read the article written by Alberto at the following address. Below there are just a few of the images he took during his visit to Nellis.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.