One of the most satisfying aspects of teaching and flying wing walkers is sharing the moment with a first time wing walker after their first flight. Emotions are high. Wing walking packs a lot of overwhelming sensations into one relatively quick experience.
The beauty of the earth seen from a vantage point never seen before, the graceful art of gentle aerobatics in a classic biplane, the roar of the radial engine, the dead calm zero g moment as the airplane slows to a stop at the top a vertical climb, slowly pivoting to point straight back at the earth -you have just completed the hammer head!
The roll. Watching the earth seemingly spin around you as the biplane gently rolls, pausing inverted for a moment of zero-g photo op.
The loop. The biplane starts a slight dive to build speed. As you reach 140 MPH you instinctively lower your head to allow the blast to bypass your face. As the nose of the big biplane rises to begin the loop the blast starts to diminish and the G's start to increase, as the nose rises towards vertical the g force eases and speed further decreases. The arc continues as you slowly settle and pause at a graceful inverted position. Momentary zero g and another great photo. The nose then drops and speed picks up as we complete the loop.
Smile for the cameras!
One person, upper wing: $750
One person, full course, upper and lower wing: $985
The tuition fee covers training plus video and pictures. We are proud to offer our students their first wing walking flight free of charge at the completion of the training course.
The wing walking is a full day deal, show up first thing in the morning and spend typically 4-5 hours practicing and being coached on climbing around the exterior of the Stearman with a safety harness & cable. When you have that down, we fly!
We climb up to around 3500' and power back to a nice slow glide so as to give you a comfortable trek up to the upper wing rack. Once you are secured, we throttle up for a series of aerobatics; loops, rolls and hammerheads. Then we throttle back again and you climb back into the cockpit. While you rest a spell we climb to regain any altitude lost during the aerobatics and glide. Then we repeat the process for the lower wing, lying prone on the "javelin". While you are still on the wing, we wind down the flight with a gentle slow level flight, allowing you to soak in the experience.
The average wing walking flight is approximately 25 minutes which includes two sets of aerobatics, one on the upper wing and one on the lower wing. The introductory flight is half as long due to omitting wing walking on the lower wing.
The length of each aerobatic wing walking session is largely determined by the stamina of the student. Some students request a longer “straight and level” rest period after an aerobatic session.
Wing walking at Mason Wing Walking Academy is a day that can't be matched anywhere.
It can't be matched in a $5,000 zero g padded tube airplane ride, and likely would not be matched in a quarter million dollar 5 minute sub-orbital space ride. The truth is that wing walking is not merely an "experience", it is an accomplishment. We invest time in each of our students to make them safe, proficient wing walkers.
An important distinction is the difference between a wing walker and a wing rider. Wing riders have no training in moving about an aircraft in flight, they are strapped to the top of an airplane and taken for a ride, never leaving the fixture to which they are attached. For safety reasons we do not offer wing rides. We train wing walkers, an elite group who can competently maneuver about the aircraft.
Beautiful Sequim, Washington provides scenic backdrop for a first time wing walk. For over a decade Mike and Marilyn Mason’s big red biplane has been a frequent sight performing graceful aerobatics in the Sequim-Dungeness area. Sequim is located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan an extra few days to enjoy nearby majestic Olympic National Park.
Wing walking with a safety harness and cable is in itself relatively safe. As with many outdoor activities and flying in general there are inherent risks. We take steps to mitigate these risk such as conducting wing walking flights at a safe altitude, use of safety equipment and thorough training. We are not operating in the air show environment so we can operate at higher altitudes which permits much greater safety margins.
For safety reasons, wing walkers do not use parachutes. If a parachute were to inadvertently deploy while wing walking, the results would likely be disastrous entanglement with the aircraft. But we do use a safety harness and safety cable.
We have never had anyone fall.
Schedule your training and wing walking adventure today!
The pool of wing walkers (those who actually walk on the wing) in the world is still quite small and over 90% trained with Marilyn.
Whether you are a professional football player or soccer mom looking for a challenge, Marilyn is the one to see.
Mike’s day job is flying private jets but his passion is biplanes.
Mike was taught to fly by his grandfather, air show pilot and Lockheed test pilot, Sammy Mason.
“I thank Marilyn for being such an incredible instructor while teaching me to wing walk and Mike for being such an awesome and talented pilot. Both of them made me feel safe and excited about my thrill seeking, wing walking adventure. This was truly a bucket list item that has been fulfilled. I highly recommend Mason Wing Walking for anyone seeking to chase their dream of wing walking.”