Schoolgirls set a new world record at Rendcomb Airfield, home of Breitling Wingwalkers, near Cirencester
TWO 9-year-old cousins are now the world's youngest formation wingwalkers as they took to the skies over Cirencester today to raise awareness for a family friend's fatal condition.
London-based Flame Brewer and Rose Powell took off at Rendcomb Airfield, home of the Breitling Wingwalkers, on two of their grandfather Vic Norman's vintage biplanes.
The girls are raising money for a family friend of the Powells', 6-year-old Eli Crossly, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal muscle condition.
Eli's parents set up The Duchenne Children's Trust with the aim of finding a cure in 10 years to save their son's life.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children. The children with the disorder cannot produce dystrophin, a protein necessary for muscle survival and as a result, every skeletal muscle in the body deteriorates. Most children affected die in their early 20's.
"We want to raise awareness for this cruel disease and we've wanted to wingwalk for quite a long time too," Rose said.
Both girls seemed excited before climbing onto of the planes. "We're a bit nervous but we've got confidence," said Rose. "I'm just so excited to get the feeling of flying. We want to do lots of waving but only if we can because the wind will be so strong."
Grandad to the girls and founder of the Breitling Wingwalkers Vic Norman said he was a little concerned but not worried as he knew all the pilots, including himself, were experienced fliers.
"I feel the same now, about to see my grand-daughters as wingwalkers, as I did when my children wanted to do it and when my wife did too," he said. "I've done over 2,000 air displays in my time, probably more than anyone in the country and this one is quite a gentle flight."
The girls soared into the air, waving madly at spectators below. A simple code of thumbs up for enjoyment and thumbs down for an emergency landing was made by their Grandfather but it was clear both girls were loving their time up in the sky.
After they returned to solid ground both Flame and Rose said they would definitely go back up again if they could.
"It was really really fun," said Flame.
"It was amazing," said Rose. "I could see all the tiny houses. I was a little bit scared when the plane took off but when I was up in the air it was so fun."
Flame's brother Tiger became the world's youngest wingwalker at the age of eight and now the two girls have broken a record themselves as the youngest wingwalking formation.
With local and national press turning up at Rendcomb to watch the girls fly, they can congratulate themselves on doing a successful job of raising awareness for a crucial campaign.
To raise funds for The Duchenne Children's Trust or to donate contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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