Crown Prince wingwalks over Dubai
DUBAI // Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, posted a video on Saturday that shows him wingwalking over the city.
The video on his Instagram account at instagram.com/faz3 shows the Crown Prince standing atop an orange bi-plane alongside a second plane and wingwalker.
The planes can be seen taking off and flying near the Burj Khalifa as the sun rises and reflects off of the iconic building.
Sheikh Hamdan’s flight took place as the Breitling Wingwalkers performed for the first time over Dubai’s Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm areas.
The performance was part of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Powerboating Series on Friday and Saturday in front of the Dubai International Marine Club, the wingwalking group said on its website.
Wingwalking is a sport that involves acrobatic stunts on top of a plane’s wings. The flying team, who have also performed in Kuwait and are based in the UK, use Boeing Stearman bi-planes to conduct manoeuvres such as loops and stall turns.
Wingwalking began as a sport in 1918 when Ormer Locklear, an American, climbed out of his aeroplane and onto the wing for a stunt.
Sheikh Hamdan also posted a picture on Sunday of two Jetman flyers over Dubai, writing “coming soon” in the caption.
Yves Rossy, a former fighter pilot from Switzerland, performed over Dubai for in his custom-made wing suit propelled by jets. Mr Rossy first used the wing to fly in 2006.
Updated: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM