RAF College Cranwell extra special graduation for Father and son, Stuart and George Whiteman 16122021 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
Flight Lieutenant Stuart Whiteman's graduation parade was delayed, so he was invited to return at a later date to share the parade square with his son, Flying Officer George Whiteman (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).
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Father and son share parade square in pandemic 'twist of fate'

RAF College Cranwell extra special graduation for Father and son, Stuart and George Whiteman 16122021 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
Flight Lieutenant Stuart Whiteman's graduation parade was delayed, so he was invited to return at a later date to share the parade square with his son, Flying Officer George Whiteman (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).

A graduation parade became a real family affair when a "twist of fate" meant father and son – Stuart and George Whiteman – shared the parade square at Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

Flight Lieutenant Stuart Whiteman was finally able to attend his graduation after it was delayed by the pandemic, but little did he know he would be sharing the parade square with his son – Flying Officer George Whiteman.

"Standing next to George on the parade square was incredible and although it was a twist of fate, I am an immensely proud father, and I am honoured to share this occasion with my son," Flt Lt Whiteman said.

Flt Lieutenant Whiteman had served in the RAF for 33 years and took the Commissioned Warrant Officers Course in October 2020.

His son, Fg Off George Whiteman, grew up as part of the wider RAF family, and applied to join the RAF in December 2018 and started the Modular Initial Officer Training Course (MIOTC) Number 8 in June this year.

Fg Off Whiteman said: "I can't quite believe that I was stood next to my dad on the parade square; I am so proud of everything he has achieved in his career and I am incredibly excited about my future in the RAF."

He will begin the next stage of his training as a pilot following his graduation as a commissioned officer in the RAF.