However White Waltham has added poignance for Farer. Firstly, it is where Diana Barnato Walker learned to fly in 1941 (after whom our Barnato II GMT is named). Then in 1948, when one of her planes burst into flames, she famously refused to ditch and simply switched the fuel off and glided the plane into land on the airfield - all this prior to becoming the female world air speed record holder in 1963.
Secondly, after the war a number of famous aviation companies made their home at White Waltham – most notably Fairey Aviation. Fairey Aviation was the mastermind of Sir Richard Fairey and the sister company to Fairey Marine, makers of the Huntsman powerboat which we featured in our trip to Yarmouth with the Classic Offshore Powerboat Club.
After towing the glider into position on the runway with our trusty Land Rover, we watched as a Robin DR400/180R Remorqueur towed the glider up into the summer sky before releasing Liam to pilot his engineless glider gracefully, high above the sun-scorched airfield.
However to catch the ultimate shots we needed to get in the air ourselves and so we leapt into a helicopter to capture the magic from 15,000ft. Looking down onto the sprawling patchwork of fields, there was an overwhelming sense of freedom as we flew under the clouds, chasing the perfect shot of the glider swiftly pulling up to showcase its full wingspan in all its glory.
A day of thrilling flying under our belts - we all sat down to enjoy a well-earned sundowner as we looked out over the magnificent airfield. A huge thanks to Liam (and his dad), everyone at White Waltham - and our usual talented team of Amy Shore and Mackie for making this shoot our most daring adventure yet.