NOT 1940s WASP pilot Shirley Slade

This photo has been going around the internet for years claiming to be a picture of World War Two WASP pilot Shirley Slade.

Ⓒ Nick Clements

It’s not.

Shirley Slade was a pilot in the United States’ WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) program during the Second Wold War, she was trained to fly Bell P-39 Airacobras and Martin B-26 Marauders.
She passed away on April 26, 2000.

In July 1943 she was featured on the cover of LIFE magazine and also mentioned in the ‘Girl Pilots’ article, you can read it online by clicking here.

The woman in the photo in question is Casey Drabble, a woman from London who posed as an aviatrix for the very talented photographer Nick Clements at an event at the Brooklands museum in Surrey, Great Britain, back in 2016.

Miss Drabble uploaded the picture to her Instagram account at the time:

Just in case you need more convincing:

Mr. Clements visits a lot of vintage themed events and makes great retro style photographs, which is why I coincidentally also had to research another photo he had taken in 2009, as people on the internet also thought it was much older than it really is.
So no, this is not an 1960s biker but model Abby Clee, as you can see here on Mr. Clements’ tumblr page.

Ⓒ Nick Clements

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