BEALTON, Va. (Circa) — Chuck Tippett claims he’s no thrill seeker. Growing up, he loved airplanes and dreamed of flying.
“As a kid, I always dreamed of that magic carpet ride. I could put wings on my bicycle and fly that bicycle,” said Tippett.
Now as an adult he’s part of a special group of people, he’s a wing walker.
As a wing walker he’ll walk, hang and stand on an airplane wing while it’s flying hundreds of feet off the ground. He’ll have no ropes or any other safety belts while up in the air.
There are only 12 wing walkers in the world. Chuck performs with the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia.
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“When you wing walk, you use the mountain climbing technique. Just like climbing up the wall of a mountain, it’s always three points of contact. When you are moving your hands, your feet are still. When you are moving your feet, your hands are still,” said Tippett.
To become a wing walker, Tippet trained for a year. He would practice the routine over and over again on the ground before he was allowed to go up in the air.
“It’s always been inside me. Wing walking came naturally. It’s really neat, it’s like standing in the back of a pickup truck with your arms out going down the highway,” said Tippett.
Tippett now trains other people who want to be wing walkers. He said he has no plans to stop and is already teaching his 7-year-old grandson.
Tippett said his grandson already knows the routine, he just needs to be a little older to officially go up in the air.