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Meet The Wingwalkers
Team nickname:
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Wingwalking for:
1st Season
Gina Marshall

Gina is a qualified freefly skydiver and loves the feeling of being in the sky. She has spent numerous hours practicing for her skydiving in the wind tunnel so is used to moving in high wind speeds in all types of flying orientations which will help her climbing around the aircraft in flight.

Gina always knew this would be the job for her when she first saw a picture of the team performing over the Palm in Dubai. There was no looking back from that moment on and after watching a promotional video that was posted on the Breitling Wingwalkers website, she approached the team and began the application process immediately.

Outside of skydiving and wingwalking, Gina enjoys a number of outdoor activities including skiing, scuba diving and rock climbing.

 
Team nickname:
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Wingwalking for:
1st Season
Katie Hobbs

Katie is a local girl born and bred in the Cotswolds. Growing up on the family farm isn’t always so glamorous and her time leading up to the airshow season will be spent helping out with the lambing of the 350 strong flock of sheep.

Apart from farming Katie is a trained florist and is a keen netballer who has played in the premier league. She can’t wait start her wingwalking training and travel all over the world entertaining the public.

 
Team nickname:
Em
Wingwalking for:
4th Season
Emily Guilding

Emily joined the Breitling Wingwalkers for the 2014 season. She was introduced to the spectacle of wingwalking through her sister Stella who has been a member of the team since 2009.

Ever since seeing Stella perform at her first show Emily wanted to have a go herself, especially when her sister said she was too chicken to do it - the challenge was on! So when she heard the team were looking for a part time wingwalker she jumped at the chance.

Emily is now the third member of her family to fly on the wing of a Boeing Stearman as her Dad has also experienced the thrill. The sister’s family were delighted when they heard they were going to be performing together and have enjoyed seeing them in action.

Emily loves anything that combines high-adrenaline and the outdoors and spends her spare time skiing, mountain biking and horse riding and now wingwalking has been added to the list. Before joining the team she graduated university with a degree in Geography and spent 7 years working as an environmental consultant.

Emily says it’s incredible to be on top of a plane which feels akin to being on a magic carpet. Her favourite manoeuvre is called the pendulum - this is when the wingwalker goes into a handstand then the plane rolls into inverted flight - it's as though the wingwalker is holding the plane up in the sky!!

Photograph credit: Anthony Schafroth, www.neo-falcon.ch 

 
Team nickname:
Keets
Wingwalking for:
5th Season
Nikita Salmon

Nikita graduated from Cardiff University where she studied Psychology and Sociology. After moving back home to Northleach in 2013 she was thrilled to find an advert in the local paper for a part time wingwalker. As a child, Nikita went to many airshows and was frequently a spectator at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford. She says she was always captivated by the magic of the team and the amazing display, but never thought it would be possible to be a part of it.

Her family have always been involved in the aviation world, her mother and father were both in the RAF and her father continues to fly today for an airline. Because of her parents love of flying they were extremely excited when Nikita said she wanted to apply for the wingwalking position. However they thought she was mad wanting to be strapped to the outside of the plane rather than be inside it!

Nikita says the thrill of wingwalking provides a sensation that very few are lucky enough to experience and nothing compares to the speed and exhilaration of diving into the sky and pulling out of a loop.

Nikita is also a primary school teacher. Her pupils are always a little surprised when they first learn about her weekend job on the wing!

 
Team nickname:
Stealth
Wingwalking for:
8th Season
Stella Guilding

Stella had always wanted to wingwalk and in 2009 was delighted to see the team were searching for a new wingwalker. She applied for the position and was thrilled to be offered a place on the team.

Stella loves flying and high adrenalin activities and is a keen skydiver . She says the feeling she gets flying through the air skydiving, compares only to performing a wingwalking display. Both of these activities cause her to experience speeds of up to 150mph, positive and negative G-forces and she loves it!

Stella really enjoys the travelling aspect of being on the team. She has displayed at several events throughout Europe and also over the Arabian Desert. 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.

Stella's favourite manoeuvre is the loop when she experiences 4 G, making her feel 4 times heavier. She loves the still feeling at the top of the loop before diving down at 150mph.

Stella says she really 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 programmes.

Stella's sister Emily has recently joined the team and the sisters are really looking forward to flying together this season.