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July 25, 2011

Blog Guy, I need some of your famous career advice. I recently graduated from college, and Mom gave me a brochure called “The Exciting World of Wing Walking.” I was wondering if I should pursue this?

I guess everybody goes through that phase, including me… We all want to be like Ormer Locklear, the first great daredevil wing walker. THERE was a barnstormer!

Whatever happened to Ormer?

He died in a plane crash while shooting a 1920 movie, “The Skywayman.” They went ahead and used the crash scene in the movie.

I certainly had no idea that you yourself were once a wing walker!

Well, I fell more into the category of wing barfer, but it’s the same general idea. There’s still that adrenaline rush that comes with clutching the top wing with your fingernails while watching your lunch cascade below.

Anything to watch out for?

Yes, falling isn’t good. If you fall backward you land on the pilot and crash the plane. If you fall forward you hit the propeller and wind up like the late Eugene “Salami” Johnson.

It’s funny, Blog Guy, I always pictured you as a weenie. It’s nice to think of you standing tall on the wings, up in the wild blue yonder…

The wild blue what? You think my plane could actually take off with all those mattresses under it?

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Top: Team Breitling wing walker Charlotte Voce performs, in advance of their appearance at Saturday’s airshow at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune near Edinburgh, over the Firth of Forth in Scotland July 22, 2011.

Left: Voce performs over Edinburgh, July 22, 2011.

REUTERS photos by David Moir

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Aha!! So, this is what was going on over the weekend.. Couldnt figure why I could hear screams that didnt seem to come from anywhere earthy..

And was late Mr.Eugene “Salami” Johnson a relative of our own Toilethead Johnson?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

…getting into photo captions today, I guess….
and in the immortal words of Scrooge McDuck, “What’s the girth of the earth above the Firth of Fourth, that famous fjord between Fife and Fisherrow?”

Coffee, please…and extra sprinkles on those donuts.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive
 

Charlotte Voce is the future Mrs. Mr. Pilot. :D

Mr. B. you brightened up my Monday morning with shiny orange airplanes. You da bestest blog guy ever!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

@Spin – Anybody flying a fine Basler Air product knows all about wing walking…Those rubber bands aren’t going to wind themselves, ya know!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive
 

I entered a competition to win a go at wing walking, but apparently I am too tall. :(

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

Best of luck Mr. Pilot, she seems like she has a stick up her, well you know….

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive
 

Could I buy a Fifth (of whiskey) at the Firth of Fourth?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive
 

Like the precocious child, missing a tooth, happily explaining he is smart enough to go from “Firth to Forth” grade in one year.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive
 

@Billl, more like an airplane up her…. But heck, that’s part of her charm. :p

@CrowGirl, I will fly it if you will walk it! Would that not be a dynamic duo or what? :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Bright Breitling lady,
Mid-flight walking on the wings
of an orange plane!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

Wing walking girlie,
I should have told you early,
We have no fuel,
This might be cruel,
So please don’t be so burly:

I’ll take the only chute,
Don’t see me as a brute!
You’ll still go down,
So please don’t frown:
You’ll get the army salute!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

Yay! :) I’m up for that.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

and I thought this was a blog about hardware! haha!

well done.

Seattle Wingnuts

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