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Danielle has been dreaming of becoming a wing lady from the tender age of 6 after her parents took her to a local airshow for the first time. It was there she experienced the sheer spectacle of the glamorous wing walkers in action on top of their colourful vintage biplane aircraft. This greatly inspired her and she now had a burning ambition to wing walk that she was determined to achieve.
She has always been an active person and she really likes a challenge in life, especially if there is a competitive element to it. At the age of 14, she became the then national Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Second Dan British Champion! She likes to keep her fitness up in her spare time by jogging and going to the gym.
Danielle loves every aspect of the wing walking display routine. She particularly enjoys the thrill of climbing around the aircraft in flight! These position changes happen at various points during the display and require a lot of physical strength to achieve. As if this wasn’t difficult enough, she is often working against a 100 mph winds at the same time as the aeroplane is moving through the air! Her favourite manouevre of this type, is known as the 'Arabesque'. This is where she will stand on the rear aeroplane cockpit and face the crowd waving at the same time! This happens at the end of the show just as she returns into the aircraft for landing.
Just when you thought there was no end to her talents, Danielle has also gained her flying licence! The team pilots are now quaking in their boots as they’re convinced she’s eventually going to be after their jobs!
New wingwalker Freya Paterson joined the team in April and has been training hard ever since. Learning how to climb around an aircraft in flight, perform handstands on the wing and wave against the immense wind pressure while diving in to a loop at 150mph.
Freya is originally from Liverpool, where she spent most of her childhood practising gymnastics and performing.
She first saw the team display at Southport Airshow when studying Performing Arts at college and ever since she has longed to join the team. Freya beat over 100 applicants to be included in a shortlisted few who were invited for an interview and audition on the wing at the team’s base in Gloucestershire. She was delighted to be chosen to join the team and says it is a dream come true.
Freya loves performing and has performed as Disney characters at Disneyland Paris – including dressing up as Princesses and Winnie the Pooh for parades!
Flying on Martyn’s wing for the 2012 display season, Freya has the exciting role of hanging upside down for the inverted Mirror Pass. She says she loves the loops best and was surprised by the strong wind pressure – she never thought it would be easy, but the force of 150mph was a lot more than she ever expected!
Photograph Courtesy of Gloucestershire Media
As a child Sarah was always captivated by the brave, graceful wingwalkers dancing on the top wing at airshows. A fascination with flying and a love of dance made performing in the skies seem a perfect match. However, having assumed the girls on the wing were the pilots’ daughters, she never thought she would actually get the chance to dance on the wings herself.
Sarah pursued a career in events management, obtaining a degree and working on many events including Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. It was not until seeing the team display years later when working at a Hot Air Balloon Fiesta that Sarah, spurred on by her adventurous boss, threw caution to the wind and enquired about joining the team. Learning there was a vacancy for a new wingwalker, she applied for the position and after interviews and an audition on the wing was delighted to be offered the job.
Sarah is now in her sixth season and since becoming a wingwalker has enjoyed taking on an operations role in the office. Working with the owner and the Director of Flying she helps to co-ordinate and run the team, as well as training new recruits in the art of wingwalking. Alongside her additional responsibilities she still loves the adrenaline rush of looping and rolling through the sky at 150 miles per hour and climbing around the aircraft in flight. One of her favourite manoeuvres is flying inverted down the crowd line and also loves the exhilarating freedom of sitting on the leading edge of the top wing.
Stella's passion for wing walking first began many years ago, but in 2009 she was given the opportunity to be part of the Aerosuperbatics team and literally ‘Live the Dream’ when she applied and managed to get the position when the team advertised for new wing walkers.
She has always had a deep love for flying and high adrenalin activities, this lead her towards the skies a couple of years ago when she decided to take up skydiving which she continues to do in her spare time. She says that the feeling she gets whilst flying through the air skydiving, compares only to performing a wing walking display. Both of these activities cause her to experience speeds of up to 150mph, positive and negative G-forces! She loves it!
Stella really enjoys flying around to lots of different airshows all over Europe. She especially enjoys attending a show when her parents or friends come along to support her, as this makes her feel very proud knowing they are watching. She says her favourite wing walking manoeuvre is to perform the ‘inverted loop’ position on the wing. This is where she will swivel herself upside down in her wing walking rig so she is in a handstand position as the pilots perform a formation ‘loop the loop’ which, for them creates some G-force (around 4G’s) which makes them feels 4 times heavier! In the meantime, Stella experiences the opposite so experiences negative ‘G-force’ and says that this gives her the most amazing feeling when she is at the top of the loop. She says it almost feels like she alone is holding the aeroplane up there!
Stella really loves displaying to large crowds where everybody is waving back at her. She likes it when the team are able to land after their performance as she loves to meet people on the ground and even sign a few programs!
Stella generally flies on the No.2 aeroplane and follows the lead wing walkers moves…
Having worked as an aerial performer for several years Lorraine literally leapt at the chance of being a wingwalker when she saw that the team were auditioning back in 2007.
Whilst performing in the Millennium Dome Central show throughout the year 2000 she became accustomed to hanging off harnesses and trapezes at heights of up to 50 metres and has spent the last 7 years performing harness routines in a 30 ft Wine Tower at a hotel near Stansted Airport. Wing walking presented Lorraine with an unequalled opportunity of taking her skills to breathtaking new heights!
Now in her fifth season of wing walking Lorraine still finds every display an exhilarating challenge. She particularly enjoys inverted moves for the unrivaled sense of weightlessness and freedom they create. She also finds multiple plane displays particularly thrilling because of the unique view she gets of her fellow team members flying around, beneath and above her.
Charlotte has always loved outdoor activities; spending her childhood days trampolining, skiing, waterskiing and doing gymnastics in the garden!
Considering her mother’s previous reservations about adrenaline filled activities, it was a shock when she suggested Charlotte apply for the wingwalking position. At first she thought her parents had gone mad, but on closer inspection this seemed an unmissable opportunity that combined her love of outdoor activities with the ultimate adrenaline rush! Now into her second year a part of the Breitling Wingwalkers, she still loves performing her gymnastics high in the air while taking in the most incredible views.
Charlotte loves being in the sky and flying in formation with the other wingwalkers, she says it feels so surreal and as if they are all little dolls on the wing! Her favourite manoeuvre of the display is when the aircraft fly towards the crowd for the B-break.
Having just finished a degree in Geography, Charlotte feels being a member of the Breitling Wingwalkers provides her with a fantastic opportunity of seeing the world from the sky and travelling to places she has never been to before. Charlotte loves the variety of such a unique job, she has been fascinated with all the interesting people she has met so far and is really looking forward to the experiences the coming season has in store!