Frequently Asked Questions
We are the world’s most famous aerobatic formation wingwalking team.
What’s the cost of a wingwalk?
The wingwalking experience costs £399. The total cost of the wingwalk is to be paid at time of booking.
Where does the wingwalking take place?
The wingwalking takes place from our private grass airfield in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The address is RFC Rendcomb, The Whiteway, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7DF. We are unable to offer wingwalks from any other venues. .
How do I book a wingwalk?
To purchase a wingwalk experience you can either book online and pay via Paypal or call us and we will take your booking over the phone. You can either choose a date and time for the wingwalk (please use our date availability checker and specify your preferred booking date when completing the booking form) or if you are buying as a gift for someone you can purchase an open-ended voucher which is valid for 12 months (please specify that you are purchasing as a gift when completing the booking form). The gift recipient can contact us to book their wingwalk once they have received their voucher.
When should I arrive at the airfield?
The time booked is the time you need to arrive at the airfield, this is not the time of your flight. However, you are welcome to arrive earlier to watch any wingwalkers before your scheduled briefing.
Do you offer a video of the flight?
Yes, we do! You will be asked on the day of the wingwalk if you would like this. A Go Pro camera is on the plane facing the wingwalker. Body harness mounted Go Pros are allowed if you have one. Head cameras and wrist mounted cameras are not allowed. We do not have a professional photographer on site.
What happens on the day?
After training and a full safety briefing, one of our professional wingwalkers will strap you securely to the top wing of our aircraft. You will then be taken to the skies for a series of flypasts in front of your family and friends below.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs welcome as long as they are kept on a lead and any mess cleared up.
What is the height and weight limit?
Height limit is 6ft 2inch (1.88m) and weight limit 14 stone (89kg).
What should I wear?
Comfortable, warm clothes that you can climb around in. No hoods or toggles. Flat-soled shoes (e.g.
trainers) are suitable. We provide flying overalls to go over your own clothes.
Can I wear my glasses?
You must wear the goggles we provide, if you wear glasses and they fit under the goggles comfortably you can keep them on. If they are a larger type of frame you will need to remove them. Contact lenses are good, but occasionally they can become dislodged so do bring a spare pair or your glasses.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age is 18, there is no maximum limit.
How difficult is it to climb onto the aircraft?
? You need to be able to climb completely unassisted up to and down from the top wing of one of our biplanes. This is a steep climb of approximately 10ft / 3m, involving a high leg lift up on to the bottom wing and another high leg lift to get over the side of the cockpit, kneeling and pulling yourself up using the various struts and wires to get on to the top wing. This requires decent mobility in legs and arms and grip strength. If can climb a stile or small ladder this should be adequate. Do give us a call if you are concerned and want to discuss this further.
Will I be climbing around the aircraft in flight?
No definitely not, this is for the professionals only! You will be secured into the safety harness on the top wing for take-off and landing.
I have an ongoing health condition, can I still wingwalk?
You will be asked to sign a health declaration form on the day of the wingwalk. If you suffer from any of the following conditions you will be unable to fly: Epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent blackouts, fainting fits or giddiness, disease of the brain or nervous system, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, recurrent weakness or dislocation of any limb, diabetes, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction.
Do you have a café at the airfield?
We do not have a café or shop at the airfield, however we do have hot and cold beverages available. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
When can I wingwalk?
We fly from April through to October on selected days planned around the team airshow schedule. Please note that school holidays, Fridays and Saturdays are our most popular times – please don’t leave it too late to book to avoid disappointment.
Can I bring my friends/family?
You are welcome to bring guests with you. We have a lovely spectator area with picnic benches right in front of the action. No footballs please.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We check the weather the day before the flight and contact every wingwalker if the flight is not going ahead. This will normally be between 3pm – 5pm the day before the flight. If we have to cancel your flight we will arrange a new date that suits you and the team.
How long does the experience last?
The flight lasts approximately 8-10 minutes, please allow about 3 hours at the airfield for the whole experience.
What type of plane will I be flying on?
We have a fleet of six 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplanes. Each aircraft have 450hp engines offering better performance. They are painted in various colour schemes but other than that they are all exactly the same. Unfortunately you cannot specify at time of booking which plane you would like to fly on.
How experienced are the pilots?
? All our pilots are highly experienced with many flying hours as pilot in command. Each has a Civil Aviation Authority Pilot’s License, an Air Display Authorisation and undergoes regular mandatory medical checks. As well as flying customers at our base airfield at RFC Rendcomb, they also fly as part of our airshow display team
Can I communicate with the pilot during the flight?
The only communication between the wingwalker and the pilot will be via hand signals, you will be shown these in the safety briefing before your flight
Can I get a refund?
The vouchers are non-refundable. However, options are available to extend your voucher’s validity and vouchers are transferrable to another person. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Is it scary?!!
Clearly the thought of standing on top of a flying plane is going to be a bit daunting to most people, but we promise you it will be the most thrilling thing you have ever done! Once you get over the nerves and are strapped in, the excitement will overtake the fear and you will love every second! If you want to have a chat with us about it or have any worries, please do give us a call.
Is it cold?
It depends what the weather is like but yes, it can be a bit chilly so layer up. We have flying overalls available for you to wear over your own clothes too.
Can the pilot do aerobatic manoeuvres (such as loop the loop)?
First time wingwalkers cannot do aerobatic manoeuvres. This is because wingwalking is already a very extreme experience, we don’t know how you will react and once you are up there, there is no communication with the pilot in case you change your mind! But you can let the pilot know if you want a more adventurous flight and they will be able to do steep dips and dives, wingovers and banked turns. If you love it you can come back for second go and do aerobatic manoeuvres, subject to the weather.
The Engine Shed,
RFC Rendcomb Aerodrome
Gloucestershire, GL7 7DF
Monday - Friday : 9am–5pm
Tel. +44 (0)1285 831774