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New wingwalker Nikita proves she's a high flier

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 26, 2013

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When Nikita Salmon showed up for her first day at work, she set out to show her new colleagues she was a down to earth woman.

But her new workmates made the task almost impossible by sending her 1000ft into the air, on the wings of a plane.

The 21-year old from the Cotswolds has been to the Royal International Air Tattoo with her family every year.

She watched in awe as the country's best pilots perform daring aerodynamics and stunts.

But this year she experienced her favourtie show from the most terrifying seat in the house - the top wing of the biplane at more than 100 miles an hour.

The Cardiff University graduate went into wingwalking when she moved back home to Gloucestershire and saw an advert in the local paper for the Breitling Wingwalking team.

Having watched the team display at the Royal International Air Tattoo over the years, Nikita jumped at the opportunity.

Her parents, who were both in the Royal Air Force, will be aware of some of the risks she is facing.

But while they were protected by a cockpit in their line of work, Nikita will be open to the elements.

She said: "The thrill of wingwalking provides a sensation which very few are lucky enough to have experienced.

"There really is nothing that compares with the speed and exhilaration of diving in the sky and pulling into a loop.

"I feel so lucky to be able to experience it."

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