Robert Smith

Robert's wing walk

Fundraising for The Myton Hospices
raised of £700 target
by 21 supporters
In memory of Carol Smith
The Myton Hospices

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RCN 516287
We provide care in Coventry & Warwickshire to people with a terminal illness aged 18+


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Two years ago  I carried out a plain wing walk using The Myton Hospice Just Giving page as a recipient of the donations received. It proved to be very successful and on  the 27th of August this year I'm doing something similar again only only this time I'll be dressed as a Myton red butterfly .(see my photo on the Just Giving Page). Also,. because on my previous wing walk I graduated to a Level 1 Aerobatic I will now be doing a loop the loop, barrel roll and to top it off a stall turn or two ! Nothing too challenging then. Once again I'm carrying out this at my own expense and all the costs involved have been met by me. My primary purpose is to raise funding for The Myton Hospice because of the splendid care they provide for my late Wife Carol in her closing weeks and days. 

The Wing Walk 27th of August 2021

So, I arrived at Rendcomb Airfield and having checked in, I, with three other Wing Walkers attended a safety briefing. I opted to go up third since this gave me the maximum time to  talk to my family and friends and to pose for the many photos that were taken of me in costume. I was surprised at how many people wanted to take a picture! When it came to my turn to fly Dave, the pilot, took the aircraft away and having brought it back proceeded to fill some part of it with what looked like water. Strange I thought this is an air cooled engine? I later realized that the liquid was in fact thin oil which is burned through the exhaust when a vapour trail is used . I was duly strapped into place on top of the aircraft by a very nice lady wing walker called Emma who also gave me a further briefing on how to quickly remove the harness and dismount from the plane if a ground emergency required it!  With a tremendous roar from the engine we then took off and climbed to 3500 feet which is required as being a safe height to perform aerobatics of the more complex kind. Dave had told me that before he went into any aerobatics he would wiggle the wings and I was to confirm ok with a thumbs up. He duly wiggled and off we went. 

First he did a loop the loop. It's a strange sensation, I felt I was standing up on the wing but the position of the earth and sky kept changing, if you follow my meaning. He wiggled again and we next performed the Cuban Eight. This involved doing a vertical climb, smoke off, until the engine slowed to about 60 mph and then it turned over smoke on and very quickly dived at about 160 mph flattening out to make a ring of smoke at right angles to the dive smoke. He then moved across to the other side and performed it again so that the two rings of smoke touched and became the figure of eight. The smoke trail made the whole thing look like a pair of glasses lying flat with their arms pointing up vertically. He wiggled again and we then went into a barrel role, going around twice so that the vapour trail looked like a corkscrew on it's side. He finished, (or so I thought) with  a couple of stall turns wherein the plane simple goes up again vertically until the engine almost stops and then dives at great speed before leveling out.  By this time we had reduced the height of the plane to about 1500 feet which is about the height where normal wing walks take place and then we did actually finished off with  another loop the loop in front of the public Viewing Area and then he did a slow circle of the Viewing Area so everyone could see I was still conscious and  then landed, much to my relief!

I was a bit unsteady on my feet for a few minutes and felt queasy from the vapour trail fumes but this passed quite quickly and my Family and I went into Cirencester for a nice meal and a bit of a celebration! 

Keep looking at this site, I'll add it from time to time and keep everyone uptodate with developments. At this time the fund is £290 Thanks. "Bob the Myton Butterfly"

About the charity

The Myton Hospices

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RCN 516287
We support thousands of people living with terminal illnesses & their families, in our three hospices, via our patient & family support services, and in the community through Myton at Home. We need to raise £10.5 million this year to provide our services free of charge – we can’t do it without you!

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