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Orston pensioner, 85, takes to the skies in wing walk

A thrill-seeking pensioner took to the skies to raise £1,500 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Barbara Armstrong, 85, of Orston, was strapped to the top wing of a bi-plane and flown 500ft into the air.

Barbara, who has had both hips replaced, travelled to Breighton Aerodrome near Selby, Yorkshire, on Sunday, July 24, for the midday flight.

After some difficulty in climbing up onto the top wing of the bi-plane and getting down back to earth again, she said: “I’ve wanted to do it since seeing it on TV a couple of years ago. I originally enquired about doing it in Leicester but you needed to be aged 75 or under. “

Thirteen family members gathered to watch Barbara take on her daring flight.

Barbara Armstrong (2794757)
Barbara Armstrong (2794757)

Barbara, who worked at Grantham Motor Company for 30 years, said: “My nieces and nephews were worried at first but very supportive. I wasn’t too nervous until the plane was tearing down the runway and I thought what am I doing. I didn’t have to worry though as it was a wonderful experience. It took me two years to arrange but it was worth every minute and I would do it again tomorrow. I thought that I might be the oldest person to have done a wing walk, but my friend sent me a newspaper clipping of a 91-year-old, who had also done one.”

Barbara, also known as Babs or Bubbles for her bubbly personality, got the bug for daring ventures after going gliding with her local Women’s Institute (WI) last year and doesn’t have any plans to slow down.

She added: “I would like to go gliding again this year and I’d also like to go up in a hot air balloon, but I dare not with these hips.”

“I would just like to say thank you to all those that sponsored me in raising £1,500 for the Air Ambulance.”

To donate, contact Barbara on 01949 850198.


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