CINCINNATI – Risking death every time they go to work, wing walkers need courage, poise, a healthy craving for adrenaline and, most importantly, they need to be meticulously exacting with every step they take on the small planes that carry them past dazzled crowds at speeds up to 130 mph.
Jane Wicker fit that bill, her friends and colleagues in the air show industry said Sunday.
Wicker, 44, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, were killed Saturday in a fiery plane crash at a southwestern Ohio air show and witnessed by thousands. The cause of the crash isn’t yet known.
Wicker, a mother of two teenage boys and recently engaged, sat helplessly on the plane’s wing as the aircraft suddenly turned and slammed into the ground, exploding on impact and stunning the crowd at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton. The show closed shortly afterward but reopened Sunday with a moment of silence for the victims.