Video and photos: Cromer carnival aerobatics flight winners loop the loop

Cameron Pitts loops the loop during his aerobatics flight prize.

Cameron Pitts loops the loop during his aerobatics flight prize. - Credit: Archant

The upside down world of an aerobatics pilot has been experienced by two north Norfolk competition winners.

Stephen Debbage and Cameron Pitts - winners of the Wildcats aerobatics flight prize at Cromer carniv

Stephen Debbage and Cameron Pitts - winners of the Wildcats aerobatics flight prize at Cromer carnival. - Credit: Archant

Stephen Debbage from Cromer and 15-year-old Cameron Pitts from North Walsham had their names plucked out of a hat from a Cromer Carnival prize draw.

Stephen Debbage loops the loop during his aerobatics flight prize.

Stephen Debbage loops the loop during his aerobatics flight prize. - Credit: Archant

Their reward was to sample a loop-the-loop, and other adrenaline-fuelled manoeuvres in a Pitts Special biplane.

The competition was run, and prize provided by, the Wildcats display who performed at the carnival last month.

The names were even picked out during a loop the loop over the team's Old Buckenham airfield base - by Helen Winslow, who works for competition sponsors Norwich based SG Wealth Management.


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Both winners flew with Wildcat Display Team pilot Willie Cruickshank, experiencing an intense combination of dynamic aerobatic manoeuvres including loops, barrel rolls, figure of eights and stall turns which subjected them high roll rates and extreme 'G forces' in their 15-minute flights.

Before taking off, Cameron said he was 'nervous, shaky and scared but also really excited'. But back on the ground after his flight, he said: 'It was amazing, I want to do it all over again!'

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It was also a first for Stephen Debbage who said: 'Words can't describe how it felt up there, it's amazing, absolutely amazing'.

Cromer carnival spokesman Kate Royall, who also flew with Wildcat Aerobatics in the run up to the event, said: 'Cameron and Stephen had a trip they will remember for many years to come'.

Next in the carnival calendar is the After Carnival Helpers Meeting on Thursday September 19 September followed by the awards presentation evening on Wednesday September 25. Both are at 7.30pm both at The Cottage in Louden Road, Cromer.

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