Chad Thomas has been photographing various fixed wing aircraft for over 15 years. He got the aviation bug when he was 14 years old, growing up next to Traverse City Airport in Michigan. Chad joined the US Navy when he was just 19 years old. During his time in the Navy, he has been on the flight decks of the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Nimitz, on the high seas, to the runways of NAS Patuxent River working in the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Carrier Suitability program.