Days when your bag won't fit
There are days when even my small camera bag won't fit inside the photo-platform aircraft.
On this flight with U.S. Marine Corps F-5s, I couldn't carry my usual assortment of camera gear. In fact, I had less room than I usually would shooting air-to-air with F/A-18s. While I did take an extra lens with me, it ended up shoved in the back corner of the cockpit inside my helmet bag. In order to capture wide-angle shots of the formation (and myself) I chose to rely on my old standby BTS-shooter, the GoPro Hero 3. With that mounted to the glareshield in front of me by a suction cup, and my camera held tightly in my hand, I had just about all of the gear I would use. The last piece was my smartphone, a Droid RAZR that was connected to the GoPro via WiFi, allowing me to check composition, change modes and access all of the camera's features without having to sort through the menus via pushbutton.