Watch a Spectacular Performance as World Class Group Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers Takes the Center Stage at the 2018 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Used to the cold climate of Europe, the Flying Circus Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers delegation experienced the Filipino warmth literally and figuratively during the 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 (PIHABF).
The Flying Circus’ wingman pilot, Martyn Carrington shared the amazing experience they had in the Philippines: “It’s really been the warmest welcome we could ever wish for. Our experience here so far has been amazing. Everybody has been so friendly, so generous, so helpful.”
WingWalkers Emily Building and Katie Hobbs also shared the same sentiments as Carrington, noting their newfound love for Filipino food and their excitement to perform in front of the Filipinos.
The six-man team is composed of two mechanics, two pilots, and two wing walkers, who already performed at over 2,500 different events and were watched by more than six million spectators each year in the United Kingdom alone. The team is bearing the heat of the Clark Freeport Zone in preparation for their performance at the four-day aviation festival.
“The experience of the WingWalker team is a living testament of the hospitality of the Filipinos. For this year, they will be the highlight of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta as we further push for the promotion of sports and adventure tourism,” the Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo proudly said.
The DOT has been one of the staunch partners of the hot air balloon event ever since it started in 1994 and continues to support Asia’s longest-running sports aviation event.
Captain Joy Roa, the Event Director of PIHABF also shared, “this is the first time we are doing it in the Philippines and with the good flying skills of the pilot and the brave girls standing on the wings, we’ll have something exciting for this 22nd PIHABF.”
The WingWalkers are going to perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic maneuvers and handstands while strapped to the top wings of the beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes.
Although it is their first time to perform in the country, Wing Walker Hobbs is very excited, “It is our first time to perform here in the Philippines and so we’re very, very excited. So we look forward to bringing the spectacle of wind walkers to the Filipinos.”
Chief Engineer and pilot David Barrel also shared: “Definitely, drop of a hat, I would come back here for a holiday but obviously it’s great to bring the aircraft because people don’t really see them. So hopefully, the Filipino people will like our show and we will be able to come back again.”
The Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers will take off at around 7 o’clock every morning starting February 8 until February 11 for the PIHABF at the Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.