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Wing-walking schoolgirls fly over Gloucestershire for record

  • 21 August 2013
  • From the section England
Cousins Rose Powell and Flame Brewer
Image caption Cousins Rose Powell and Flame Brewer, from London, both nine years old, have been described by Cirencester's AeroSuperBatics team as the youngest formation wing-walkers
Cousins Rose Powell and Flame Brewer
Image caption Their grandfather and pilot Vic Norman owns the vintage bi-planes used by the display team
Cousins Rose Powell and Flame Brewer become the youngest formation wing-walkers
Image caption The AeroSuperBatics team said it was the only aerobatic formation wing-walking team in the world
Cousins Rose Powell and Flame Brewer
Image caption Rose (left) said it was a "once in a lifetime experience" and Flame said it was "really fun and really windy"

Two nine-year-old girls have taken to the skies to become the world's youngest formation wing-walkers.

Rose Powell and Flame Brewer, who are cousins, flew metres apart above Rendcomb airfield in Gloucestershire.

They have become the third generation of their families to wing-walk on the bi-planes, which are owned by pilot and grandfather Vic Norman.

In 2009, Flame's brother Tiger became the youngest to wing-walk with his grandfather. He was eight at the time.

'Superwoman pose'

Rose, a student at Thomas's school in Fulham, west London, said her cousin had the idea but it was a "once in a lifetime experience".

"It's quite scary when you take off but if you like mega funfair rides I think you'll find the take-off really cool," she added.

"The best bit was probably taking off or doing the Superwoman pose."

Her cousin Flame, who attends Notting Hill Prep school, said: "It was really fun and really windy. The best bit is just being in the air."

They wanted to use the challenge as a way of raising money and awareness for the Duchenne Children's Trust, which raises money for research into the fatal genetic disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Cirencester-based AeroSuperBatics team has claimed the record based on it being the only aerobatic formation wing-walking team in the world.

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