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    The Woman Bringing Wingwalking Back to America

    This will never fly. Wingwalking — aerobatics performed on the wings of a small airplane while it’s in flight — gained popularity after WWI and again after WWII, when pilots were plentiful and couples often formed double acts, with women performing on the wings. Now pioneering wingwalker Carol Pilon, one of the last left in the world, not only runs her own business but is also actively encouraging young women to join the sport, despite largely thrill-focused air show audiences who may not appreciate their artistry — and worryingly high fatality rates.

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