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Crash in Ohio shows risk, thrill of wing walking

Pilot, performer who died loved jobs, friends say

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 miles per hour.

Jane Wicker fit that bill, her friends and colleagues in the air show industry said Sunday.

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