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Daring wing-walkers expected at air show

posted on 20/01/2009: 1767 views

Skycats, the famous Scandinavian wing-walkers, will stage the breath-taking display at Al Ain Aerobatic Show later this month.

According to the organiser, the daredevils will be the main attraction at the show, scheduled for January 28 to 31, at Al Ain International Airport.

Cerina Rydälv, one of wing-walkers, is an engineering student but a key member of the Scandinavian airshow display team, where she performs the role of a playful Skycat on the wings of an aircraft. The fearless Swede said she had initially not planned to be a wing-walker, but desired to be a skydiver. She was, however, convinced to join the team by a friend.

Rydälv and her four fellow Skycats wear cat suits, ears and whiskers and attach themselves to the wing of a plane in a special harness for the display, which always proves a hit with youngsters.

"It's so much fun doing these shows - not only the wonderful experience of flying, but also the feeling of doing it as a team. To see the happy children and of course visiting new places and meet people is great," she said. Being a wing walker requires proper preparations.

Rydälv says that safety measures are paramount for the team. "It could be dangerous, of course," she admitted. "But the team leader and pilot, Jacob Hollander, and all the other girls are careful and very safety-minded. We practice a lot together and always check the equipment thoroughly before the shows. Nothing is left to chance," said Rydälv.

Daily tickets for the show have been priced at Dh40 per adult and Dh25 for children between three and 10 years of age. Children under three enter free. – Gulf News


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