My name is Christian Spreitzer and I was born in Bruck an der Mur / Austria in 1978. I grew up in the wooded village of Krieglach and following studies in Industrial Electronics at the University of Applied Science in Kapfenberg I started work as a technical engineer for a global semiconductor company. This job led me to the beautiful small city of Graz, which I now call home.
From an early age I have been fascinated by aviation. Most of my leisure time was spent reading aviation magazines, building plastic model kits, visiting aviation museums and aircraft collections or just standing by a fence at airfields watching aircraft taxi by.
The first international airshow I attended was at the age of fourteen. Shortly after the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, and following much persuasion, I convinced my family to take a trip to Bratislava where the former Czechoslovak Army held its first international airshow. Even though the weather conditions were terrible for photography, it was such an impressive sight to see soviet-built military equipment in real life for the first time, up until then I had only seen these aircraft in either books or magazines. Ever since then I've held a keen interest in Russian aircraft and of course to document these wonderful machines with excellent imagery.
As I am especially interested in Russian aircraft, I mainly cover the Eastern and South European regions for the Checksix team.
Christian Spreitzer / CHK 6 Austria (Press ID number: AT-780521-0801-12)
Having been inspired by my father, from whom I learnt a lot, photography also soon became my passion and after a period of trying various camera models from different manufacturers I settled on CANON equipment. I've now used CANON equipment for more than 20 years and in 2005 I switched from analog to digital cameras, this provided me with far greater control in the processing of my pictures.
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