On Saturday 30th July, Patience Cooper, with butterflies in her stomach, climbed onto the top wing of an acrobatic bi-plane at Damyns Aerodrome near the Thames Crossing east of London. There, she was strapped into a harness which held her on top of the plane as it took off and flew at a height of between 500 and 1000 feet at speeds of between 80 and 130 mph. This was the wing walking experience that Patience had bid for in the auction held at a dinner in April in aid of the PVRI. Patience used this as an opportunity to raise sponsorship for the PVRI.
“The wind was incredibly strong” remarked Patience, “I could hardly lift my legs and putting my arms out as I flew over the spectators and supporters, was really hard work. My goggles were being pressed back onto my face and my neck began to ache just trying to support my head”.
As Patience got back to terra firma, she admitted that the experience was scary at first but an amazing one. Although the flight lasted for 10 minutes, she said that it felt more like half an hour. The views were fantastic. Once, however, was enough!
We would like to thank Patience for her amazing achievement and for raising over £1000 for the PVRI. You can show your support for Patience by clicking the donate button below and help us further in our mission to fight Pulmonary Vascular Disease.