A THRILL seeker who works near Wallingford has defied gravity in a fundraiser to mark 15 years' service with the Royal Air Force.

Nicola Bell was voluntarily strapped to the wing of an aircraft for a series of stunts to raise more than £1,000 for the RAF Association .

The 34-year-old, who works in the distributed cyber protection team at RAF Benson, was exposed to a series of flypasts, 'zoom climbs', dives and banking turns, while balancing on the wing of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane.

She explained: “I saw a poster around the base, and – despite my family and friends thinking I’m crazy – I thought 'what better way to celebrate my 15 year milestone?'

“I have done some interesting things during my time in the RAF, including a parachute jump for charity, though I still had a fear of the unexpected during the wing walk.”

The event was organised in support of the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal, which offers support, help and friendship to serving and veteran RAF personnel and their families. The charity provides 'practical, emotional and financial support.'

Helen Tempest, Challenge Events Manager at the Association, added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Nicola and everyone brave enough to take part.

"Wing walking can be a once in a lifetime experience.

"To be in the air with views of the ground below is very special.”