\\ Breitling Wing-Walking Challenge

Well, I’ve done it! Quite easily one of the most phenomenal experiences I’ll probably ever do in my life!

Ever since I saw it advertised after completing my SkyDive in 2014 I knew I wanted to challenge myself again and complete another heart-racing experience, but this time with something a little more diverse and a little bit mad! Then come my 21st birthday my boyfriend bought me the experience, little did I know he actually listens to my mad ideas and I couldn’t be more grateful!

As you can see in my previous posts I have not only completed this challenge for my own adrenaline junker benefits, but also I wanted to take this once in a life time opportunity and see if I could raise funds for Peak School in Chinley. A special school very close to mine and my family’s hearts. I have been overwhelmed with the support I’ve received from family, friends and strangers and all the donations towards my chosen cause. Raising a total of £450 which I hope can go towards sensory facilities or specialised equipment for the students but also support the development and needs of students at Peak School to fulfil their potential and continue to enjoy their Peak School experience.

On the 27th July, a blustery and very wet day, Henry and I drove down to the heart of the Cotswold, both feeling very apprehensive about the day ahead.

Arriving just before lunch time we met my mum and dad at the Rendcomb Aerodrome, the home of the Breitling Wing Walkers. A lady was just about to set off as I arrived, watching her did settle my nerves slightly as I saw her take off and land safely back on the ground – always reassuring but the nerves were still very much persistent.

I then went to meet Gina and Katie, 2 of the Breitling Wing Walkers, who were so welcoming and cheerful. Talking to them as Gina prepared me for my wing walk was incredible, to hear all the countries they go to and to hear what they do in their shows was amazing! (I have no been transformed, and I am going to become a full time wing-walker) It sounded a hectic schedule as they’d just returned from China, performing twice a day for 6 days, but it sounded like a fabulous experience to be a part of.

Stood ready in my blue and red suit I waited nervously with Gina as the biplane landed from another round trip and then headed out to the wing. Gina showed me how to safely climb up onto the wing –  she made it look ever so graceful, me on the other hand in a big bulky suit struggled slightly to wriggle myself through the wires.

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Belting me in, Gina talked me through safety protocol and how to undo myself from the harness in case of a fire on the start of the engine, she then gave me my goggles and some ear plugs (which must have blown out during flight because when I landed they were not in my ears) She hinted at some movements I could do whilst flying, but warned me that by raising my leg could cause injury as the wind can blow it side ways dislocating it. With that she turned on the Go Pro attached to the wing capturing my every move and slid back down to the ground wishing me a fun and joyful experience.

By this point the nerves had eased off a considerable amount. I was feeling no fear, just pure exhilaration! Waving goodbye to my ‘fans’ (Mum, Dad, Henry) we set off for the run way.

The experience lasted just under 15 minutes, reaching speeds of 130mph I experienced a series of fly pasts including zoom climbs, dives and banks. Trying to be the dare devil that I like to think I am I kept my arms out throughout the majority of the whole ride, waving frantically at people watching and cars driving along the roads. Watching the video back is hilarious! I am literally smiling the whole way through, but as we bank and turn around because of the speed we are travelling at the wind has a way of working its way into your mouth creating a lots of drag and cheek wobble.  I said to myself when in the air that it was going to look terrible on film, but it never stopped me. I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face.

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The rain held off for the duration and all I could see for miles was golden fields and small country lanes, I couldn’t have chosen a better location! I definitely paid the price the following day though. Not going to lie I thought Gina was slightly over exaggerating when she spoke about how much she hurt when she first started out. HA! How wrong was I! I don’t think I’ve ever been in so much pain. The following morning, in fact the whole day was definitely a struggle, my neck, back and arms were in agony. Muscles hurt that I didn’t even know I had!

But regardless of the pain, I can’t emphasise anymore how incredible it was! You just have to go and feel it for yourself!

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I have to say I think my Wing-Walk just nipped my Skydive. I had time during the Wing-Walk to actually take in the moment and take in the scenery and thoroughly absorb myself into the experience, whereas my skydive was over so quickly I barely had any idea where I even was. Also I felt like a bird, I felt free and I felt like I was flying.

Go try it for yourselves, you will not regret it

A

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