Practice makes them perfect

Practice makes them perfect

Wherever they go, they paint the sky a bright orange and it was no different above the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The Breitling Wingwalkers have been performing their daring aerobatic stunts all over the world  the past 27 years. However, behind these stunts are people who have dedicated their lives to the profession. 

Nikita Salmon is a primary teacher during most of the year, but doubles up as one of the Wing-Walkers in the summers, a passion she picked up when her parents took her to an aero show as a child. “The practice usually takes place all summer,” said Nikita.

Freya Paterson, another Wing-Walker calls these sessions “intensive training that is also a lot of fun.”

Asked if they ever get scared performing such death-defying stunts, Danielle Hughes, another Wing-Walker, said: “I used to be scared at first but now this being my ninth season it’s slightly less. However, the adrenaline rush is just the same.”

Martyn Carrington, one of the pilots, said the toughest part of the job was dealing with the weather.

“Our planes are not very high in technology and so all we have to manoeuvre using almost nothing but our skills,” said Carrington.

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