Raphael Duncan

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“Where are you from” is a question that I get asked a lot. My answer is always the same. “I am a military brat.” From this point, the conversation leads to me saying that I call Georgia home. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. From there I lived in 5 states (Florida twice) while attending 8 schools from K-12th grade. Just being a military child was not enough to get myself into aviation. It took a random trip to my first air show in 1998 that sparked it all.

Ever since that day, all I wanted to do was fly and be around airplanes. I wanted to go to air shows or go on base with my father. At one of these air shows, he gave me the video camera and told me to video the show. As soon as I started filming, I became obsessed with getting the best shot. I wanted to film all the fast flying jets then immediately watch the footage as soon as I got home. This is the point that videography became a passion for me. I took a video camera with me to every major event that I went to.

Eventually I learned about editing videos and took this passion even further. Up until around 2016, I took videos and edited them for anybody that asked. In the middle of all of this I also received my first camera. It was a semi-expensive point and shoot camera, but it made me want to learn more about the “still” side of things. I didn’t take it seriously until I got my hands on my first DSLR camera. From that point, the rest is history.

I took my love of aviation to the U.S. Air Force and asked to have any flying job available. Soon I was signing a contract to be a KC-135 boom operator. This has brought me much closer than I ever imagined to the fast jets that I used to catch on video. I now have the opportunity to take pictures and videos of airplanes in places I never thought of visiting. My photography reflects that in a major way.

I am pleased to be a part of Full Disc Aviation to share these new experiences with the world. I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I will!