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Two female pilots from British UBB wing-walk on their aircraft during a performance. [Photo courtesy airshow.com.cn]
The British UBB (The Utterly Butterly Barnstormers) is Europe’s only professional wing-walking team with European professional acrobatic display certification.
The team, composed of two pilots, each with over 25 years’ experience, and two demonstrators and technicians, was inspired by the original 'barnstormers', ex-servicemen who made a living putting on flying displays after the end of World War I.
Reportedly the world’s only formation wing-walking squad, the British UBB can accomplish breathtaking stunts such as loops, rolls and stall turns at speeds of up to 240 km per hour in their Boeing Stearman aircraft, designed in the 1940s.
The British UBB made their first appearance at Airshow China in 2000 and was an instant success.