The Last Of His Class
I first meet Stanley Whalley a few years back at my good friend’s hangar in AZ. Stan was one of the hundreds of English pilot that came to the US for training during WWII. Stan was at Falcon Field to finish his flight training in their Stearman and T6 trainers. From there he went back to England to fly in defense of England and the retaking of Europe. He is now 93 and the last surviving veteran from England to have trained at Falcon Field. He comes to Falcon each year around Veteran’s Day to participate in the ceremonies honoring all that came to Falcon Field to train by were lost in accidents while in training.
I’ve stayed in touch with Stan since meeting him. Tried to meet up with him when we were in England this past summer to get his story recorded. Weren’t able to make that happen. Talking to him this past weekend, found out he had time on Tuesday for being in front of the camera so instantly booked my flight and went down for the day and then flew back home. What you see here are the screen captures from the filming. The top photo is from the 2nd camera (D5 / 105f1.4). The main camera with the D850 / 24-70VR (frame capture below). The other photo is a frame capture from the Keymission 170 BTS camera.
It was a crazy two hours capturing a great story. Stan ended up with quite an audience who kept flowing in and at the end was able to ask Stan questions that he was very happy to answer. Stan was great being able to provide us 42 minutes of amazing stories. When all done, he signed prints I had brought which he gave to folks there and then went back to his room to rest. In the short term, I can share this much of the event with you. What I’d love is to instantly post a finished video like I can instantly post a finished still. But the reality is I have about two hours of edit time for every minute of video shot. So it will take some time to share all of Stan’s story with you. Stan is amazing, the last of his class.