The world’s only acrobatic wing walkers are currently recruiting a new addition to their death defying stunt team.
The Breitling Wingwalkers are a four women team, who perform gymnastic dances whilst strapped to the wing of an aeroplane flying at some 7,000 feet above ground. With the company currently planning to build a fifth Boeing Stearman biplane, the crew are in a need of a new recruit.
The chief wing walker Sarah Tanner, 33, explained the role, saying: “We're a very busy display team flying at events throughout the world. We've got a vacancy on the team for a new wing-walker, to display 'on the wing'. A new employee for a very unusual role.”
In order to attract would-be wingwalkers, the girls have released a 360 panorama image of the spectacular view from atop the plane. “Because it's so unique we wanted to show people what it is like and how amazing it is and what an extraordinary thing it is to do,” claimed Tanner. “And to attract people to the role.”
However, the post is not for the faint hearted, with the successful candidate expected to face winds of up to 100mph whilst performing perfect routines in the air. Tanner explains: “Frankly it's very windy, you're travelling at speeds between 100mph and 140mph. So it's really windy up there and it's very exhilarating.
“Basically the girls have to dance and perform on the wing, performing hand-stands and things. It's quite a challenging environment. One of the girls refers to it as performing gymnastics in a hurricane; which I think explains it quite well.”
The role does come with a few requisites, namely a background in gymnastics and a willingness to travel. However, the girl must also 5 foot 5 or less, weigh less than 8.5 stone and be interested in more than making money. However, no experience in wingwalking is necessary. “The girls do climb around the aircraft a lot. But there's lots of training beforehand. They spend days and days in a hangar,” added Tanner.
“When they first take to the skies the pilots fly fairly slowly so they can get use to the pressures up there and how to climb around and perform on the wing. It's weeks and weeks of training up there.
“It's so difficult to push against that wind speed. It's like when you stick your hand out of the car window on the motorway.
“And the rain - it's like having pins thrown at your face. That was quite a shock.”
More details on how to apply can be found on AeroSuperBatics website.