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Wanted: enthusiasm, flexibility and a head for heights - Gloucestershire Wingwalkers want you

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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Bored at work? The same old office, faces, and the bus or traffic jam on the way home getting you down?

Do you fancy travel, excitement and glamour?

How about standing on top of an aeroplane flying at 130mph?

The Breitling Wingwalkers, Gloucestershire’s aerobatics team, is looking for a new recruit.

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They need to be keen, enthusiastic, and, probably, insane.

But Sarah Tanner, who has been a walker with the team for eight years, said it’s the ideal job for someone with a zest for life.

She said: “It’s a fantastic experience, a dream job. I used to see the team flying quite a bit when I was younger and I always wanted to do it. If anyone does think they might fancy it then I’d completely recommend it.”

The specifications for the successful candidate for the part-time position are quite stringent. Apart from the obvious total disregard for personal safety, wingwalkers need to be no taller than 5ft 5ins, and weigh under eight-and-a-half stone.

As the job doesn’t just involve standing on a moving aeroplane – that would be far too easy – but also throwing acrobatic and dance moves, wingwalkers need to be flexible and supple as well.

It seems the ideal candidates are dancers and gymnasts, or perhaps jockeys who find sitting on half a ton of horseflesh travelling at 40mph a little tame.

Sarah, 32, said: “The weight and height restriction mean most of us are women. We get a lot of interest from ex-soldiers and marines, who are really keen and strong but they’re far too big and heavy.

“We’re looking for someone who will be really enthusiastic and want to do this job because they love it. It’s been described as doing ballet in a hurricane, but it’s amazing. A lot of us have been here for quite a time because it’s such a wonderful job.”

The team, which is based at its own airfield near Cirencester, but used to fly from Staverton, has a 100 per cent safety record, and performs at more than 80 displays worldwide, including the Arabian desert and Sydney Harbour.

No previous experience is necessary, full training will be given in the job – and it probably beats reorganising the filing cabinet on a Monday morning.

Those who feel their CV would not be complete without an entry as a daredevil should email a CV, with covering letter and photograph with height and weight details and send it to Sarah onsarah@aerosuperbatics.com

More details are available at aerosuperbatics.com

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