Hey! Thank you for your interest in me and my work. I am Frank from Emmeloord, the Netherlands, and I am an extremely passionate aviation photographer and sometimes writer. Besides being a vivid aviation geek I am a family man, entrepreneur and I love to physically challenge myself in the gym or while running.
This website was created to supplement my social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I felt that there is a need to provide more background information about me and my work and I hope you will enjoy the extensive galleries on this website.
How it all got started
I started photographing airplanes in the late 1980’s after I was introduced to the military aviation scene by my uncles, dr. Hans Crebas and Ide Wobma. It would have been obvious that I would have joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force but instead I got involved in harness horse racing and became a race horse driver.
In 2000 I made a drastic career change and switched a Sulky for a desk and became one of the first employees at Marktplaats.nl. Marktplaats.nl is a website with classified advertisements and was co-owned by my parents at that date. In 2004 this website was sold to eBay while at the meantime I was the proud CEO of Marktplaats.nl with over 100 employees at work.
Netl de Wildste Tuin
I was highly involved in the selling process of the company to its new owner. After Marktplaats.nl became an eBay company I left the online business in may 2005 and Co-founded a new company, Netl with my parents Carla Wobma, Bob Crébas and my younger brother Robin Crébas. Netl is a recreation park where we offer a wide range of accommodations and campsites.
Netl is also home of Wildeburg, one of the most populair dance festivals of The Netherlands. Wildeburg is a production of Kultlab.
Over the years I logged flying hours in the following jets:
- TA-4K Skyhawk
- F-4F Phantom II
- F-15D Eagle
- F-16 Fighting Falcon
- CT-155 Hawk
- T-38 Talon
- CM-170 Magister
- Saab 105
After selling Marktplaats I starting to invested more and more time in aviation photography and professionalize my photo work. From then on I started publishing in magazines like Combat Aircraft Monthly and Air Forces Monthly. To date I am proud to be a special correspondent to Combat Aircraft Monthly and work as a freelancer for a wide variety of media outlets.
As part of the first book project I got the unique opportunity to get a backseat flight in an F-16 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Since then I grew a massive passion for aerial photography and got in the position to have flown in many types and squadrons ever since.
Besides being a freelancer I also act as a volunteer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force Association ‘Onze Luchtmacht‘ as their web editor. Next to that I also serve in the board of the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation. In my life outside aviation I am an active member of our Local Rotary club.