Wingwalking is a stunt done up in the air on top of a plane but it has never been done on Philippine soil, errr air, yet. But now we recently witnessed a jaw-dropping display of acrobatic manoeuvres from these team of stunt men and pilots at the 22nd Philippine International Balloon Fiesta #PIHABF22!
We've seen a female celebrity connected with a popular TV station tried itbout herself even days before the actual event scheduled from February 8 to 11, 2018 so we are extremely envious of her very special opportunity. But Gretchen Ho claimed it hurt her a bit though it was surely all worth it because noone else is probably as lucky as her.
The Flying Circus Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers, the world's only aerobatic formation wing walking team, performed manoeuvres like loops, rolls, stall turns and even inverted flight for the first time in the Philippine skies!
Pilots Martyn Carrington and Dave Barrell are well-trained based on their performance on the first day of the event. But our hearts also go for the ones who walked on the wings of the plane.
Well not literally walking, but they seem warriors up there on top of their flying machines ready to rage war against the enemies.
According to their official Facebook page, WingWalking always requires a high level of health and fitness. Diet plays an important role in this process. So I could imagine the need to be physically fit, but also the courage to withstand the fury of the wind smashing on to your face, plus the adrenaline within you either spiking, or you could just faint from the fear, when the plane twists or turns. Ciuld you even raise a foot or two? I know you'll be tightly strapped in safety but your nerves should be as tough as steel to even try it.
Requirement to those who want to fly with them:
*Minimum passenger age 18 years
*Height limit 6'1"
*Weight limit 85kgs
Gretchen Ho is an athlete all her life so she is fit and fab enough to manage such a feat. However, I don't think somebody with my weight and body shape could even allow the plane to get off land.
Congratulations, WingWalkers! You are a great addition to the #PIHABF22 event dubbed as the Weekend Where Everything Flies!
Visit www.aerosuperbatics.com/beawingwalker for more detailed information on their wingwalking experiences.
Photography by Collin Yap