August 20, 2009

Boy, 8, becomes youngest wing-walker

An 8-year-old London boy has become the youngest person in the world to walk on the wings of an airplane in mid-flight.

Tiger Brewer broke the record set eight years ago by a then-11-year-old by wing-walking on his grandfather's biplane Thursday, 1,000 feet above Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire, England, The Times of London reported Thursday.

On take-off I was scared. From one to 10, it was probably a nine, but when I was in the air, it was probably a five, he said. It felt amazing, like I was on top of the world. It was cold and windy but it can't be beat. You don't have a parachute, just a pair of goggles.

The boy's father, Colin, said the family was not too concerned for Tiger's safety.

I wasn't scared for him physically, just emotionally, the father said. He was nervous and although he acts like a big man, he is only 8. But he just kept repeating his mantra, 'Go away fear,' and he did it. He wanted to do this for years but wasn't tall enough.