Photographer's Corner

On these pages we feature the talented photographers who make significant contributions to our web site. We have provided a photo, a brief BIO, some samples of their work, and a link to their web site or other contact information. Please feel free to contact them directly with questions, or to purchase prints.

Xavier Meal

Xavier Meal was born in August of 1967, from a father and mother who both worked for Airbus. When his dad took up flying, Xavier became an airfield "rat" in his home town of Saint Nazaire, France. Following in his father's footsteps, he took his first flying lesson when he was 16, and earned his PPL a year later. He studied litterature at the university for three years, then journalism for two years.

After working as a contributor for some minor local publications, Xavier submitted some of his work to the aviation history, antique, and warbird magazine "Le Fana de l'Aviation" in 1992. In September 1996, he was hired as a full time columnist, and quickly moved to the Deputy Editor position. As part of his daily job, he sought to improve his photography skills. In the mid-1990s, Xavier met and became friends with world renowned photographer John Dibbs. This proved to be a decisive step in his pursuit of photography.

Another decisive step occurred in the late 1990s, when Xavier made one of his dreams come true by buying an RAF surplus DHC-1 Chipmunck at an auction in London. He flew the Chipmunck across the Channel back to France. A couple of years later, he established ChipMeet, a Chipmunck gathering and formation flying school. He hired pilots who flew with the Breitling Jet Team as instructors. He learned to fly properly in close formation, and this also helped to improve his air to air photography skills.

Since then, Xavier Meal's photographs have been published in The Aeroplane, Flypast and Aircraft (formerly Illustrated) (UK), Flugzeug Classic, Flug Revue, and Klassiker der Luftahrt (Germany), Classic Wings Downunder (New Zealand), Flight Journal, Warbird Digest, Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine (USA) amongst others.

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   Some of Xavier's photos from our web site.
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