What’s it like to ac­tu­ally do?

Virtuozity - - HANDMADE -

Vir­tuoz­ity was lucky enough to be in­vited by Bre­itling to give wing walk­ing a try when the team re­cently vis­ited Dubai for a few days of dis­plays, based at the pop­u­lar Sky­dive Dubai.

Be­ing strapped onto the top of an old plane that’s about to take off over the blue wa­ters of the Gulf is an un­nerv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to say the least.

Luck­ily the Bre­itling Wing Walker girls are quick to put you at ease. Un­like the ladies, you are strapped in whilst the plane is sta­tion­ary, to avoid you part­ing com­pany with the plane some­where over the Palm Jumeirah.

Once strapped in, you’re given you safety equip­ment, which con­sists of a pair of gog­gles. You’re sim­ply told that if you don’t like it give a dou­ble thumbs down to the pi­lot, who’s sit­ting be­hind and be­low you and he’ll re­turn to base to get you back on terra firma as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Taxi­ing out and tak­ing off is per­haps the od­dest part of the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, as you are ba­si­cally stand­ing up as the world un­der your feet goes light, as the plane leaves the tar­mac.

Once in the air, the wind isn’t too bad to cope with and the view is, of course, in­cred­i­ble. If you’re me­chan­i­cally minded, don’t pay too much at­ten­tion to both the age of the plane (they are ex­tremely well main­tained, by the way) or the thin ca­bles hold­ing your back frame to the wing. It’s all been tested and triple-checked.

Land­ing is also a lit­tle odd, as the plane’s wheels are so far be­low you that it touches down well be­fore your brain is pre­pared for it. De­spite it be­ing an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, there is a sense of re­lief once you are safely back on the ground.

Wing walk­ing is so un­nat­u­ral that your brain spends the whole time hov­er­ing be­tween whoop­ing with joy and a panic at­tack. Just the way an ex­treme ex­pe­ri­ence should be.

Once down, you re­alise how tired you are, which makes you won­der how the girls per­form their amaz­ing aer­o­bat­ics mid-flight. Most peo­ple strug­gle to wave or give a thumbs up to the cam­era.

Wing Walk­ing is a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence and well worth try­ing, as long as you’re OK with fly­ing. It's def­i­nitely some­thing ticked off the bucket list, but it's prob­a­bly best to leave the ac­ro­bat­ics to the ladies.

Vir­tuoz­ity's edi­tor-in-chief took to the skies with the

Bre­itling team

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