Wing Walkers

Since the days of the 1920’s barnstormers, wing walking has been a popular display at air shows around the world. This is where someone stands and walks about the wings of an aircraft whilst it is in flight and often during some form of aerobatics! I have seen a few this year at some of the air shows I have attended and it’s always a fun stunt to watch. Today the show is much like it always was with the one obvious exception; the introduction of safety harnesses!

Ormer Locklear was one of the earliest known wing walkers
Ormer Locklear was one of the earliest known wing walkers (note no harness)
Tennis playing wing walkers
Tennis anyone?

There is quite a lot of glamour associated with wing walking these days. The Breitling Wingwalkers are a classic example, with their bright orange Boeing Stearman aircraft and beautiful women doing the wing walking. It adds some pizzazz to any air show!

Breitling Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman Avalon 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers at the 2013 Avalon International Air Show in Australia
Breitling Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman Avalon Air Show 2013
Fly like an eagle
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman Avalon Air Show 2013
Colourful and impressive
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
The ladies of the Breitling Wingwalkers team

The Boeing Stearman biplane is a popular choice of aircraft for wind walking teams. Relatively slow and very stable with aerobatic capability; the Stearman is the perfect choice.

Silver Wings Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman
Low level pass by Silver Wings WIngwalkers in a Boeing Stearman at the 2013 Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino California
Silver Wings Wingwalkers @ Planes of Fame Air Show 2013 in Chino California
Silver Wings Wingwalkers @ Planes of Fame Air Show 2013
Silver Wings Wingwalkers @ Planes of Fame Air Show 2013 in Chino California
Aerobatics form a big part of modern-day wing walking
Silver Wings Wingwalkers
Silver Wings Wingwalkers
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    1. On another note, I am in Florida at the moment. Apart from Fantasy of Flight, the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola and the Air Force Armaments museum at Eglin can you recommend any air museums worth visiting here? Thanks Deano

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  1. […] Wingwalking is the act of walking or moving on the wings of a flying aeroplane. It started around 1920 at airshows. It actually began as a demonstration of planes’ balance and stability, moved to in-the-air mechanical adjustments and fixes and then to stunts. These early wingwalkers became famous for their daring stunts. Wingwalking became part of crucial air-to-air refueling and plane-to-plane transfer. Now it is done often for charity events, airshows and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. […]

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