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World's youngest wing walkers

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Two nine-year old cousins wanted to help a friend with a terrible disease. They succeeded in a very unusual way. 

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World's youngest wing walkers

Nine-year-old cousins Flame Brewer, left, and Rose Powell show off their superwoman pose that they did while becoming the world's youngest wing walkers. ITV

Nine-year-old cousins Flame Brewer and Rose Powell  have a six-year-old friend named Eli Crossley who suffers from a children's disease known Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

This is a terrible disease which affects the muscles, making it difficult to move around. It often gets worse as the child gets older.

Flame and Rose wanted to help Eli by raising awareness of the disease in the hope that someone can find a cure.

They found a unique way of doing so. Their grandfather Vic Norman is a pilot and he owns and leads a team known as the Breitling Wingwalkers.

Wing walkers stand on the top wing of a biplane as it flies through the air. Yesterday, the cousins became the youngest wingwalkers in history.

Their story, and the story of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, is now being spread around the world.

What was it like up there?

"It was amazing, Rose told ITV News. "It was so cool looking up and seeing all the tiny houses."

"I was excited and a bit nervous at the same time," Flame added.   

She said it was "a little bit scary" at first but when they started to fly it was, "really, really fun."

What did they do up there?

"We were mostly screaming and waving," said Rose.

You can watch the girls in flight here:

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Vocabulary:

amazing: very surprising, especially in a way that makes you feel pleasure or admiration - น่าสนเท่ห์, น่าพิศวง, ซึ่งทำให้ประหลาดใจ

awareness: knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing - การรับรู้, การทราบ, ความตระหนัก

biplane: an early type of plane with two sets of wings, one above the other - เครื่องบินแบบ2ปีกที่มีปีกหนึ่งอยู่เหนืออีกปีกหนึ่ง

cool: used to show that you really like something because it is fashionable, attractive and often different - ดีเลิศ (คำสแลง)

cousin: a child of your uncle or aunt; someone who is related to you through a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of one of your parents - ลูกพี่ลูกน้อง, ญาติห่างๆ

cure: making someone/something healthy or in good condition again - รักษาให้หาย, การรักษา

muscle: a piece of body tissue that you contract and relax in order to move a particular part of the body; the tissue that forms the muscles of the body - กล้ามเนื้อ

muscular dystrophy: a medical condition that some people are born with in which the muscles gradually become weaker - โรคกล้ามเนื้อเสื่อม

nervous: anxious about something or afraid of something - กระวนกระวาย

pose: to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed - วางท่าถ่ายรูป

scary: frightening - น่าตกใจ, น่ากลัว

scream: to cry or say something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger - กรีดร้อง

spread: to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people - แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว

suffer (from): to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of something, etc - เป็นโรค, ประสบความทุกข์

terrible: very bad, having a very poor quality - แย่มาก, ไม่ได้เรื่อง, ห่วย

unique: being the only one of its kind - ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว

wave: to move your hand or arm from side to side in the air in order to attract attention, say hello, etc - โบกมือ, โบกเพื่อทักทายหรือส่งสัญญาณ

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