Graduate lands her first job as an acrobat WING WALKING at 1,000ft

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The Breitling Wingwalkers team performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire
The Breitling Wingwalkers team performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire

Everyone gets nervous on their first day in a new job – but spare a thought for Nikita Salmon, who found herself WING WALKING at 1,000ft.

The 21-year-old is the latest member of the Breitling Wingwalkers team, which travels the country performing hair-raising aerial acrobatics.

She joined the seven-strong squad after spotting an advert in her local paper after graduating from Cardiff University.

The Breitling Wingwalkers team performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire
The Breitling Wingwalkers team performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire

Her first performance was in front of thousands of people at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, Glos.

She was strapped to the wings of a restored 1940s bi-plane and performed a co-ordinated dance routine with her colleagues at more than 100mph.

Nikita, a psychology and sociology graduate of Northleach, Glos., 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.

Nikita Salmon, 21, is the latest member of the flying team, which is sponsored by watchmakers Breitling
Nikita Salmon, 21, is the latest member of the flying team, which is sponsored by watchmakers Breitling
Breitling Wingwalkers is the world's only formation wingwalking display team.
Breitling Wingwalkers is the world’s only formation wingwalking display team.

“I feel so lucky to be able to experience it.”

Based at Rendcomb Airfield near Cirencester, Glos., Breitling Wingwalkers is the world’s only formation wingwalking display team.

The team is sponsored by the luxury watchmakers, Breitling.

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