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on Dec 15, 2015 in Aviation

The Relationships are Brilliant

A month ago I had the great honor to meet Stan Whalley, a WWII pilot from England who like other Brits, trained in the US. He shared so many stories with us then and with the blessing of the internet, we’ve been able to keep the conversation going. This just came in from Stan which I’m pleased to share with you … “I have just seen the excellent account of my visit to Falcon Field in November, for which I thank you sincerely. However, I wondered if you could add to your account my later flying in Europe, following my return from Falcon. After flying inTiger Moths I flew P51 Mustangs and found myself in Germany after WW2 ended. I toured a ruined Germany, all the best big cities, in Berlin I entered the ruined Reichstag parliament building and viewed the big hole, outside Hitlers Bunker, in which Hitler and his new bride, Eva Braun, were thrown and burnt. I left the Royal Air Force in 1947 and followed...

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on Dec 10, 2015 in Aviation

AoD Video Released

May 8th is a pretty important day to us, yet few know that. It was celebrated this year to honor all those who took part in protecting our freedoms. We felt very fortunate to participate in a very small way as part of the Texas Flying Legends Museum cadre, to say thanks to all those vets. Take a moment to watch the video, it just might put a lump in your throat. And if you want to learn and see more, be sure to check out Jake’s Book celebrating the...

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on Dec 1, 2015 in Aviation

FlyPast Spit

We’re quite thrilled and honored that our story on the Texas Flying Legends Museum Spitfire MkIX is a 7pg spread in FlyPast Magazine just out today. While we think it’s a great read, we’re happy because once again, it’s a joint project with our son Jake. Won’t be on the newstands here in the states for a few more days, but hope you pick up a...

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on Nov 23, 2015 in Aviation

Pushing Past Boredom

Have you ever spent a lot of time at some locale, shooting it until you are bored? Then, you have a friend who has never been to that locale and they ask you to go and because of your friendship you go knowing you will probably be photographically, bored? We start off at such opportunities already thinking, “I’m not going to get any photos today!” We know we shouldn’t think that but hell, we’re human! It can be hard to get excited when we repeat a photographic opportunity for the twentieth time but that’s the time to dig down and move our butt! I’ve spent a lot of time in hangars and while the planes change, the hangar is the hangar is the hangar and normally, they are a visually busy place. They are simply a photographic challenge. The number of hangars I’ve “gardened” for that one shot and then “ungardened” afterwards is more than I care to think about. Even with that, if you think about it, I...

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on Nov 20, 2015 in Aviation

Happy 95th Vic!

One of the great joys and thrills of working with WWII aircraft is meeting those men (then boys) who took them to battle. One of my heroes and favorites is Vic Tatleman who just celebrated his 95th birthday! I meet Vic many years ago, one of the first WWII vets we got to know. I’ve spent hours listening to his stories, he’s lived quite a life! He was a B-25C pilot in the Pacific, part of the 499th Air Apaches. His squadron, the “Bats outta Hell” had the amazing nose art you see behind him in the photograph. That’s “Betty’s Dream” in the background, Vic flew “Dirty Dora.” Oh the stories that go with those names! Vic flew two tours flying more than 120 missions. He earned many medals which include two Distinguished Flying Crosses and one Purple Heart. Spending time with Vic and Lynn and listening to the stories is such a great way to spend time but thank goodness they’ve been written down. You can learn more...

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on Nov 17, 2015 in Aviation

The Amazing Stan

Veteran’s Day is a time when we honor those who have served our country and all too often, paid the utmost price for the freedoms we treasure. Every Veteran’s Day for years though, a small group of elderly yet spry British gentlemen journey across the pond to come back to a place they trained as young teenagers to pay tribute to those who did not return. In that training, some of those young men died and at a time of war, they were buried where they trained, Phoenix, AZ. This group of British veterans, most in their nineties now, fly over the cemetery on Veterans Day where their comrades lay to pay tribute to their sacrifice. They are not forgotten. We’ve been moved by this remembrance and tribute for years but noticed the numbers of gentleman coming here from England getting smaller each year. This year, only Stan was able to make the journey. In 1944, Stan Whalley was 18yrs old when he left England and came to the...

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