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World-famous Breitling Wingwalkers to perform heart-stopping biplane routine at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

posted on 14/11/2013: 2568 views



Breitling Wingwalkers, the world's only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, will bring their dare devil wingwalking stunts to the 10th edition of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

With over 27 years of specialty in display flying and over 2,500 different events performed globally, the much loved Breitling Wingwalkers will captivate visitors and residents alike with their breath-taking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to the top wings of the team's beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes.

"We are going full throttle for our 10th anniversary event," said Sultan Al Muhairi, General Co-ordinator for Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2013. "With a fantastic line-up already of four elite military teams and seven daredevil pilots from three continents, we are pushing hard to ensure that we bring the adventure of flying to the everyday person. The Breitling Wingwalkers will bring glamour to a world-class line up of pilots and teams." The biplane manoeuvres include loops, rolls, stall turns and inverted flight while the aircraft is moving up to 150 mph and a G' force of up to 4G. The close co-ordination of the aircraft pilots and wingwalkers, along with a well-rehearsed routine and close formation flypasts, results in the dazzling aerobatics display. The team this year has new members performing for the first time in Arabia.

Lead Breitling Wingwalker, Danielle Bird' Hughes, who has been wingwalking for seven years, said" "At the show, among other manoeuvres, our performance will also include the most difficult stunt cockpit lady where we stand on one leg and hold on with arm in a balletic pose." The Breitling Wingwalkers is an all-woman team which adds glamour to the otherwise male-dominated show.

This is the world's only aerobatic festival that combines military and civil aircraft, stunt displays and competitions, cultural and family activities. Some of the world's top aerobatic pilots compete in three disciplines of air racing at the show's venue - Al Ain International Airport. Airplanes, helicopters, gliders and wingwalkers display their amazing aerial skills. Other show features include entertainment, restaurants, cafes and merchandise stalls.

The show is jointly organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and the UAE Air Force and is supported by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

The 2013 edition of the three-day event is the 10th anniversary show which culminates on the 42nd UAE National Day on December 2 and promises to take the number of aerials displays, entertainment and educational activities to new heights. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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