Mariusz Adamski

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Mariusz Adamski
Nationality Polish
Known for air-to-air photographer and author

Mariusz 'Mike' Adamski (born January 10, 1974) is a Polish aerial photographer who has flown many times with the Polish Air Force at Krzesiny Air Base.[1] He is a graduate of the National Defense University in Warsaw, Poland. Adamski's works have been published in books,[1][2] postage stamps, important journals[3] and aviation publications, such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Air Forces Monthly and Flight International.[4] He is a part of the team of the aviation magazine Skrzydlata Polska (Wings of Poland).[5][6] He is a member of ISAP - International Society for Aviation Photography and ZPAF - Związek Polskich Artystów Fotografików (Association of Polish Art Photographers). Adamski is known for shooting aircraft from unusual perspectives[7][8] such as a runway centerline with takeoff jet wake ruffling his clothes[9] or through air-to-air photography.


Mariusz Adamski specializes in the air-to-air photography on board of highly maneuverable, supersonic aircraft.[10] He has already spent hundreds of hours during an aerial sessions and annually puts in research at the Military Institute of Aviation Medicine in Warsaw where he undergoes a series of tests that fighter pilots must experience.[11] His photography at high altitude and speed means that he must train as other pilots do. Adamski also photographed an American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln during a mission in the Persian Gulf and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) located at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.[citation needed]

Adamski was the first Pole to be admitted by the American authorities to Schriever Air Force Base, where the command and control center of GPS satellites is located. He also aerially photographed the strategic stealth bomber such as the B-2 Spirit.[7][8][11]

In 2008, Adamski documented the transfer of C-130E military aircraft from the United States Air Force to the Polish Air Force at Waco, Texas.[5] President George W. Bush had promised the aircraft to equip Poland's heavy airlift needs.[5] This photo shoot was published in the May 2008 Skrzydlata Polska.[5] In May 2008, Adamski travelled to Fort Worth, Texas to photograph 48 F-16 Fighting Falcons being manufactured for the Polish Air Force.[6]

During the 11th Annual Polish Air Show in Radom, a direct link off their website directed viewers and referred to Adamski as a "world famous aerial-photographer" and featured his bio.[12][13] A photo display of his work was also present.[12]


Adamski has published hundreds of covers and three authors books - Where Eagles Dare,[1] Reaching for the Sky[1] and the Passion of Flight.[7][8] He gave a speech at the International Aviation Photography conference in Pensacola, Florida in March 2007.

In 2007 he also published an album collection of 96 photos taken by him over three years. One of the photos is a unique photograph capture of an F-16 in the aerial refueling position from the boom perspective of the pilot.[14]

In 2010 prepared project about Space Shuttle missions at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center during STS-132 Atlantis mission.

In 2011 deployed to Afghanistan and managed aviation project there.

Since 2012 is a US Permanent Resident. Works and lives in Southern California.

In 2013 published his recent coffee table book - Per Aspera Ad Astra. Foreword written by Sergei Sikorsky.

Since April 2013 works and lives in Southern Nevada.



  1. ^ a b c d "Renowned Polish Photographer and Marketing Manager Captures F-16s In-Flight". United States Department of State. US Embassy. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Paul (2003). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2003-2004. Jane's Information Group. p. 328. 
  3. ^ "50 Years With SATAIR" (PDF). April 2, 2008. pp. 2 (Illustrative credit). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "E-Jets Verdict: Operators' views Working parties-22/05/2007". Flight International. Flight Global. 22 May 2007. pp. See caption of bottom most photo credit. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Polish C-130Es Featured in Magazine U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Warsaw, Poland". US Diplomatic Mission to Warsaw, Poland. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Polish F-16s Featured in June’s Skrzydlata Polska (Wings of Poland) Magazine (29 May 2008) - U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Warsaw, Poland". United States Department of State. US Embassy. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Zdjęcia - Mariusz Adamski - Czytelnia" (in Polish). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c "A fragment of the book "The Passion of flying"". Google Translate. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Comin' atcha". Air & Space Magazine. June 26, 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Fotografuj (Polish)
  11. ^ a b "Przybliża nam niebo" (in Polish). Pajpress. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "2009 Radom Air Show". Radom Air Show. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Photo Displays at the AIR SHOW 2009 Mariusz Adamski Photography". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sięgnąć nieba - Mariusz Adamski" (in Polish). Gazeta Radom. August 22, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2010.