Final flight for long-time aerial photographer

Tom Reynolds, Lockheed Martin aerial photographer, leaves the cockpit for the last time as he completes his final ejection seat flight Sept. 29 after 28 years of immortalizing pilots and aircraft through photos and video. He has been an aerial photographer since 1988 where he supported the continued development of the F-16 Fighting Falcon at the F-16 Combined Test Force. From there his career grew into documenting other airframes – the F-22 Raptor and now the F-35 Lighting II. Reynolds has 1,800 flight hours in the F-16 and a “couple of hundred” more in the F-15 Eagle. The majority have been as photo chase for testing at Edwards. Before working for Lockheed Martin, he worked for General Dynamics – then the manufacturer of the F-16 – in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. He came to Edwards as part of a team tasked to perform initial flight tests of two new delta-winged versions of the F-16 called the F-16XL. Reynolds will continue to work for Lockheed Martin on the ground. (Courtesy photo by Chad Bellay/Lockheed Martin)

PHOTO BY: Chad Bellay
VIRIN: 160929-F-ZZ999-461.JPG
Additional Details

No camera details available.


Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.