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Flying High!

Lindsey and Radzi look back on some epic Blue Peter flying challenges.


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Eh, Radzi, what are you doing?

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-Just looking for today's episode of Blue Peter, Linz.

-Right.

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-What do you mean?

-We've made so many off-the-charts films about flying...

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-Yeah.

-..we've put them together for a Blue Peter special.

-Really?

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That's cool. Have a look.

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-BOTH:

-Hello!

-Welcome to Blue Peter, and welcome to our flight special.

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-I am excited!

-You really are. So am I.

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And the reason we're so happy today is because we have

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squidged together all of our greatest highlights from

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up there in the sky, and to do that we're at City Airport in Manchester.

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They're the really, really highlights, Linz.

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-Cos they're "High."

-Oh, "High" cos planes are in the...sky.

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-Shall I get on with it?

-Mh-hm.

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Now it's time for one of my favourite films, possibly of 2016.

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Not on one plane, but on two.

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-Wait. What?

-Ehhh!

-What?

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Wow. Oh, goodness, Radzi. What are you...doing?

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-It's challenge time, Linz, and I am ready.

-No, I can see that.

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Why are you wearing that? I think we're getting changed later.

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Plus, we haven't actually said what the challenge is.

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You mean I didn't have to wear this on the way here?

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I did think people were noticing me.

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-Anyway.

-Yeah.

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Well, the reason Radzi is wearing this is cos we're about to do...

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this.

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'That's right, we're going to try wing walking...'

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SHE SHOUTS

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'..which involves standing on the wings of plane

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'whilst it's in midair.'

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And helping us do that is the world's only

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formation wing walking display team,

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who perform dazzling displays

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and gravity-defying stunts all over the world.

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Emily, that is off the charts.

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How did wing walking even begin?

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So, it all began after the first world war,

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when there were lots of planes knocking about.

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Pilots dazzled crowds by performing incredible stunts they'd learned

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during World War I, at air displays.

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In 1918, one pilot, eager to show off his skills,

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stepped out onto the wings of his plane,

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and wing walking was born.

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As you can see, no worries about health and safety back then.

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I can't imagine how it feels. I mean, how fast do you go?

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What does it feel like?

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We can go up to about 150mph when we're diving through a loop,

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or it's sort of slower when you're going through different manoeuvres,

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so it's pretty awesome.

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And when you're doing the loop, it's up to about 4G.

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-4G?

-Yeah.

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So, four times your body weight, you're going to be experiencing?

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-Yeah.

-Oh, my goodness, this is going to be fun.

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Three words, my friends - bring it on!

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Radz, how many years have we wanted to do this?

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-Too many years to count, Linz!

-Let's go.

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The planes are there!

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'We're going to attempt a classic manoeuvre - a loop-the-loop.

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'We will each be strapped to a plane...'

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-Really tighten those.

-Yeah.

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'..and whilst flying in formation,

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'we'll perform a perfect loop in the sky.'

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This is what Blue Peter is all about.

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SHE TAKES A DEEP BREATH

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THEY SHOUT/SCREAM

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ENGINES ROAR

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-Whoo!

-Oh, my goodness!

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As we hit takeoff speed,

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the noise is just unbelievable,

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and a 150mph wind

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does pretty strange things to our faces.

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Mum, I'm stood on a plane!

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After a few minutes to get used to the sensation,

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it's time for our pilots to begin the loop.

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They start by diving the planes to help us gain speed.

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Then we begin to climb.

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HE SHOUTS

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SHE SCREAMS

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OH, MY GOODNESS!

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SHE SCREAMS

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HE SHOUTS

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SHE LAUGHS

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That was the best thing I've ever done in my life!

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I feel like I genuinely need to come to terms with...

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Like... Wow.

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I'm, genuinely... I'm lost for... I'm not usually lost for words.

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I'm properly lost for words.

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Oh, wow. That was the most...

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Genuinely, the most terrifying thing I've ever done in my life.

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The adrenaline surging through my body was ridiculous,

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and going upside down...

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I cannot describe it to you.

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SHE SCREAMS

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We finished the loop the loop.

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I went, "Yes!"

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I looked across at you, and you looked like you'd just seen a ghost.

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THEY LAUGH

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I've never... Genuinely in my...

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All the Blue Peter filming, I've never been that terrified,

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-excited, happy, scared...

-All the emotions.

-Everything at once.

-Yeah.

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-Well, do you know, that's why it was a BP challenge.

-We've done it.

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-Challenge complete.

-Challenge over! Yes!

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-BARNEY:

-Er... You didn't think that was the challenge, did you?

-What?

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What you're actually here for today is to take on Blue Peter's

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iconic wing-walking challenge.

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You must pass a one-metre baton to each other while

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strapped to the wings of two planes.

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Oh - and Lindsey, you're the one going upside down.

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One more thing - the challenge has never been completed.

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Twice, Blue Peter presenters have tried to make contact in the air,

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and twice they've failed.

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This is a ridiculous challenge.

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I watched this challenge when we used to watch Blue Peter growing up.

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-I've seen it.

-And they've always failed. So, now the pressure's on.

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-Third time lucky.

-Mh-hm.

-And you know what's going to help?

-What?

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-Happy dance as I walk off.

-No, don't you...

-Yehhhhh!

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Off...the...cha-arts!

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Unbelievable. Genuinely, one of the best days of my life, that.

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Do know what, Linz?

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To find out if we did indeed make Blue Peter history,

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-I've just decided what we're going to do...

-Oh, yeah?

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-..and play part two right now!

-Whoa, whoa, whoa, Radzi.

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You're getting ahead of yourself. We need a bit of suspense.

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-That is coming up later in the show.

-Ohhh!

-I'll tell you what we will do.

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-Yep.

-We'll play a challenge...

-OK.

-..with the two of us...

-Yeah.

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-..going head-to-head...

-Yeah!

-..in midair....

-Yeah!

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..facing the incredible power of the wind.

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-Play part two!

-No, still not part two, Radzi.

-Ah.

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-It's time for indoor skydiving.

-Of course.

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For almost 100 years,

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skydiving's been popular with thrill-seekers all over the world.

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But it requires nerves of steel, a plane...

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Oh, and don't forget a parachute.

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So, it's not necessarily the easiest sport to get into.

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But there is a way you can experience the thrill

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of freefall without jumping out of a plane...

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..indoor skydiving.

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It's a new competitive sport that's really taking off.

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People of all ages can do it, and today we're going to give it a go.

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So, we met instructor Paul to find out more.

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How does it work?

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-Basically, you've got a super-huge fan right up there...

-That is huge.

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..which is going to create up to 180mph worth of wind,

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-and you're going to be supported by the wind, right here.

-180mph?

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Actually, to be fair, for you guys today maybe 120...

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-Oh, that's nothing(!)

-Once you get better, we're going to turn it up.

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-Oh. Well, bring it on.

-We're so excited. Can we get flying?

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-Absolutely.

-Let's go.

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This is so cool!

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But of course it's easy when you've got

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a top instructor holding on to you.

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And that 120mph wind can create some really funny faces.

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Mum, look at my chops!

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The next step in our training is to learn how to let go

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of the instructor and, with tiny movements of our arms and feet,

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start attempting a few moves, like spins.

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It's great fun.

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But don't take out word for it - these young fans love it too.

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When you first get in,

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you feel really light and it just feels all tickly.

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Skydiving is fun, because your face goes like...ooh-oh-ooh!

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LAUGHTER

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Wow. That is so much fun. I love this.

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That is off the charts!

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-But, Linz...

-Yeah?

-..I think we need to up the ante a little bit.

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-Ooh, yeah. We could do a little dance-off.

-We could.

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Or we could join some teams.

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Roll the awesome footage!

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Time for a Blue Peter challenge.

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So, we'll each work with a British indoor skydiving team

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to learn a series of choreographed moves.

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We'll then take it in turn to display the routine

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against the clock.

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Lindsey's joining super skydiving squad Volition,

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and I'm with top team ACM.

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Now we have our teams,

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we need to try and memorise the moves we'll be performing.

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To do this, we'll be using creepers,

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wheeled boards that allow us to practise on the ground.

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-Now you're doing your solo.

-Solo spin?

-Spin.

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-That's it. Keep...

-Oh, my gosh.

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Are you all right? Yeah?

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This is so complicated.

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I know it looks like a lot of fun, and it is a lot of fun...

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There's so much to think about.

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I'm struggling too.

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We have to perform a number of different moves,

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including solo and team spins.

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And what's more, we've just 35 seconds to do as many as possible.

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This is a great example of meeting experts that have done what

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they've done for a very long time, and us having exactly one day

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in which to try and keep up.

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We don't normally have people doing these types of turns

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and these types of formations right on their first go,

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on their first day, so the fact that he's still keeping up,

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it's really good.

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When she first started learning, I thought she was brilliant.

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She showed natural talent right from the beginning

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and she's got better and better as the day's progressed,

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so I think we're going to nail it.

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So it's officially game on.

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Time to take our training back to the wind tunnel

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and practise our moves for real.

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So what Lindsey's very good at is her manoeuvres.

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She is so precise and she's quick.

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But I'm not going to let Linz run away with it.

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I need to get in there and perfect my technique too.

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I am struggling to control my spins, though.

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Do you know what's good to see, is that Radzi is having

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all the same problems, all the same balance issues,

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the same grabbing problems as I am,

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so it does make me feel a bit better but it's going to be close.

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And before long the training's over.

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We've got to perform the same display and complete

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as many formation moves as possible in just 35 seconds.

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Linz, this is it.

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Chinyanganya, I'm going to fall better than you.

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I'm going to forget my routine better than you, Linz.

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I might go on my back by accident.

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-And I'm going to...

-I mean...

-Shall we just do it?

-Yes.

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Come on.

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One of the instructors will be keeping score

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and each successful move earns a point.

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I'm up first.

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I manage a perfect team spin.

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Followed by a solo.

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But as I try to link back up with my team, I miss a grab.

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Oh, no, Radz!

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We get back on track and we complete another team spin.

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He's back in it now, he's doing really well.

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But as I attempt another solo...

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Against the wall, against the wall, Radz, Radz!

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..again I manage to recover and get some points in at the end,

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but it's all over so fast.

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Now it's Lindsey's turn.

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Can she do any better?

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Just like me, she manages the team spins no problem.

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She's off to an absolute flyer here.

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Did you see what I did there, I said "flyer."

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Linz also nails the solo spin.

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This competition's hotting up.

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Look at that, they are quick!

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A series of quick grabs and a final spin, but then, disaster.

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She loses concentration and falls.

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Has that blown it in the last seconds?

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Time for lead instructor Paul to reveal the scorers.

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The winners with 17 points...

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..Lindsey!

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CHEERING

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Radzi and Lindsey in air traffic control saying that was fantastic.

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It was amazing, wasn't it, and especially because I won!

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I don't really see it about winners because we had so much fun.

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Radzi, you saw the judge raise my hand,

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which means that I was the winner.

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OK, when you say you were the winner,

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is that because you flew over Buckingham Palace

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to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, watched by millions of people?

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-No, but that does sound awesome.

-Take a look at this.

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(I still won.)

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Trooping the colour.

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The official celebration of the Queen's Birthday.

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Every year, thousands gather around Buckingham Palace

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to see Her Majesty's armed forces put on a spectacular parade.

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And this year marks the Queen's 90th birthday,

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so the celebrations are extra special.

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But while the streets around the palace are filled with colour,

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for the most breathtaking moment, you've got to look to the skies.

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It's tradition that every year when the royal family

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make their way out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace,

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they are greeted by a Royal Air Force fly-past.

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It is a mammoth operation and takes a huge amount of planning and skill.

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And some pretty impressive aircraft.

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The 2016 Queen's fly-past is made up

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of 29 of the finest in the RAF's fleet,

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specially assembled for the Queen's 90th birthday.

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In wave seven, just in front of the world-famous Red Arrows

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is the A330 Voyager.

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In fact, it'll be this A330 Voyager!

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And it's quite a plane.

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The Voyager is the largest aircraft the RAF has ever operated.

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Fully loaded, it can travel over 6,000 miles

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and do anything from carry cargo, passengers

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and even be a flying petrol station,

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refuelling other planes in mid-air!

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But why am I stood underneath this

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rather than the other 20 aircraft involved in the Queen's fly-past?

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That's because I'm going to be on board this one!

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Yes!

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That's right, the RAF have given Blue Peter the exclusive opportunity

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to be on board the Voyager's flight deck

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as it travels over Buckingham Palace.

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And guess what, you're coming along for the ride too.

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Making sure the planes stay bang on time

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is the job of Flight Sgt Paul Riley,

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the mission systems operator.

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-Flight Sgt Paul Riley, lovely to meet you.

-Nice to meet you, Radzi.

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I would love to be a part of it and possibly try and help out.

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Is there anything I can do?

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We're thinking about letting you do some of the timing

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so what I'd like you to do is you're going to check

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a couple of waypoints to make sure we are on time.

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After meeting up, the planes will fly you pre-planned route

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to the palace which has markers called waypoints.

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By looking at when the planes fly over each waypoint,

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Flight Sgt Riley can tell exactly if we are on schedule

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or if we're not.

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And if I am late, what will happen then?

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-No options of being late, we've got to be on time.

-OK.

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The big day has finally arrived

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and celebrations are about to get underway,

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hosted by the BBC's Huw Edwards.

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We'll be enjoying all the day's events, culminating

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in a spectacular birthday fly-past at one o'clock.

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And at RAF Brize Norton, it's time to get ready to fly.

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Probably just...leave these.

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Being on the flight deck for takeoff is incredible

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but there's no time for sightseeing.

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Straight away the team get down to work.

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I've got to keep my voice a little bit down

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because there's a lot going on here.

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So we're at the very first phase of the flight team

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which is where we actually go around in circles

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and that's to get the timing right

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so that when we begin our journey, we are spot on time.

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Keeping the Queen waiting is simply not an option.

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The fly-past has to be over Buckingham Palace

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within just a 10-second window.

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And there's another reason we have to stay on schedule.

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We've got friends to meet!

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Right next to our plane are Typhoons.

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They've just arrived.

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The Typhoons are the first to get into formation.

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Gradually, everyone else in the fly-past falls into place,

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which we can see just up ahead.

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So far, so good.

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Meanwhile, on the ground, the crowds have gathered

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and the royal family are coming out onto the balcony.

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So the Queen and the Duke smiling and greeting the crowds,

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everyone waiting patiently.

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And through the haze you can see the skyline of London.

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This has just got real.

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We hit the outskirts of the city travelling at over 300mph,

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less than 1000 feet from the ground.

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There's simply no room for error.

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40 seconds to go, 40 seconds to get this right.

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The first planes from the fly-past arrive.

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There'll be a big round of applause when people see the Spitfire

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and the Hurricane.

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I think I can see Buckingham Palace!

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The great big Voyager, 200 feet long.

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We've done it!

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Flying over the palace bang on time.

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And to top it off, the world-famous Red Arrows.

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Happy birthday, Your Majesty.

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Mum, I've flown over Buckingham Palace!

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This show is full of happy dances and planes. It's amazing.

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But Radz, I don't want to bring you down here,

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but you haven't flown the highest in the BP family. I'm sorry.

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No way. Barney hasn't done it.

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-No, guess who I'm talking about?

-Who?

-Shelley.

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Meet Alex and Chris,

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experts at sending special weather balloons into space.

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And this one is unique, because Shelley will be hitching a ride.

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First they fill the balloon with a gas called helium,

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the very same gas used in party balloons to make them rise.

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Next, they set up a special camera rig so that we can join Shelley

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for her epic journey.

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And when the balloon is inflated, it's time to launch.

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Three, two, one,

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go into space, Shelley!

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As soon as Shelley takes to the skies,

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Newsround's Leah and the team track her using GPS technology.

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How fast will Shelley be moving?

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At the moment, maybe up to 80-100 mph.

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But as well as going up, she's also drifting East.

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We are currently over here.

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She's travelled all the way over to there.

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-How many miles would that be?

-20-30 miles, maybe?

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That's incredible.

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The only thing is, if she drifts too far,

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she could end up landing in the sea.

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After one hour in the air, Shelley is now the same height

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as a jet plane flies and she just keeps on going.

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So she's currently at a height of 18.5km.

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And finally, she is so high up

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she's no longer in the Earth's atmosphere.

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-So, guys, this is incredible.

-Shelley is officially in space.

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She's made it, this is absolutely brilliant.

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Shelley eventually reaches over 28,000 metres high.

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Only Tim Peake and the five other astronauts

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aboard the International Space Station are above her.

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But as Shelley climbs higher,

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the change in pressure causes her weather balloon to burst.

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And she begins her journey back to Earth

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reaching over 200mph.

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The race is really on for Leah and the team

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to get to Shelley's landing site in time.

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Oh, look!

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There's just the small matter of surviving the landing.

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There we go! Shelley's in one piece.

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So that's how our Shelley went to space and back

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in just one day.

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And let's not forget, it's all thanks to you.

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Well done, Shelley! She did a good job there, didn't she? She loved it.

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Shelley has actually been to space.

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-Awesome!

-Space!

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Right, Linz, the suspense is killing me.

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Don't worry, Radz. We didn't actually send real Shelley to space,

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that was just a little cut-out and a little photo...

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I know! I mean about the fact

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that they might actually make Blue Peter history.

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We might actually pass the baton with you upside-down on a plane,

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with me on a plane whilst wing walking.

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-Go on, then, do the link.

-Play part two!

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We are about to take on the classic Blue Peter wing walking challenge.

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It's been attempted twice before and both times it's failed.

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-It was so close.

-I'm so annoyed!

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Can we succeed?

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If we can, it'll be with the help of our pilots,

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Martin and Dave.

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So, guys, how exactly are we going to do this? How does it work?

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Basically, what we're going to do is fly two vintage biplanes

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called Boeing Stearmans in formation,

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but we're going to do it in a slightly complicated way

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in that we're going to fly one above the other in perfect alignment

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and then as we're there, you're going to be standing

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on the wing and passing that baton across to Radzi.

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OK.

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But the limiting factor here is it's all going to happen in 10 seconds.

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-Just 10 seconds?

-Just 10 seconds.

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It's like doing a relay race.

0:23:370:23:40

-Exactly.

-I need to wait till I can feel Radzi's grab.

-Yes.

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And be flying through the air and be upside down on the wing of a plane.

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At 120mph.

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I will not be calm, by the way.

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Now I understand why Blue Peter presenters haven't done this before.

0:23:510:23:55

Now I get it.

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I'll be honest, I've done a lot of Blue Peter challenges

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but there's a difference with this one,

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because this one isn't on my own.

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I've got to do this and work as a team with Radzi

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and I really, really, really don't want to let him down.

0:24:110:24:14

We are representing Team Blue Peter

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and hopefully we can do it for this, the Blue Peter badge.

0:24:180:24:23

We only have around three attempts to get this right

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because there's a limit to the number of times

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that I can hold the baton up in 120mph winds.

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So the pressure's on.

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-Blue Peter history.

-Let's do it!

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Let's do it! All right!

0:24:420:24:44

Once in the air, Martin and Dave begin to manoeuvre us

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into position for our first attempt.

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They need to be so exact in their flying.

0:25:020:25:05

Up here, every centimetre counts.

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And let's not forget, I'm upside down.

0:25:090:25:12

We swoop into position trying to match the speed of Lindsey's plane.

0:25:150:25:19

I've got just 10 seconds to try and grab the baton.

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But we're just not close enough.

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Now it's clear just how difficult this challenge is

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and I'm starting to wonder if it's actually possible.

0:25:330:25:37

We line up for a second try.

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We are definitely closer.

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Are we going to do it? Come on!

0:25:500:25:53

No!

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Just don't know if we're ever going to get this right.

0:25:540:25:57

I'm starting to struggle.

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My arms are in agony, but I'm not quitting yet.

0:26:030:26:07

This is our last chance. It's now or never.

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We start our third run.

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I wait until the last second

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and then hold the baton as high as I possibly can.

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Every inch of me is willing us to get closer, just come on!

0:26:270:26:32

And then...

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CHEERING

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..we've done it!

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SHE SCREAMS

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We did it!

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Hands down the best day of my life.

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Can we just say, that was down to these absolute legendary pilots,

0:27:040:27:08

Dave and Martin.

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What skill, what control, Blue Peter history.

0:27:100:27:14

I am so pleased that we finally managed

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to lay this Blue Peter challenge to rest.

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We hope it's inspired you to earn your Blue Peter badges this year.

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-Blue Peter history!

-Amazing. We did it.

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Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life.

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Now we've done this flight special, I'm sad it's all over.

0:27:380:27:42

Don't worry. This is Blue Peter, we do action-packed challenges

0:27:420:27:45

all year round, but sadly for today

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that is about all we've got time for.

0:27:470:27:48

Make sure you're watching Blue Peter every single Thursday at 5pm.

0:27:480:27:52

Linz...? Linz?

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Radz, I'm over here! I'm going to just take it for a little spin.

0:27:540:27:58

Wait, where are the keys?

0:27:590:28:00

Lindsey and Radzi look back on some epic Blue Peter flying challenges.