Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Acrobat Erendira Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter above Niagara Falls

Acrobat Erendira Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter above Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda is known for being the first person to walk a tightrope directly over Niagara Falls.

Nik and Erendira Wallenda speak to the media after her performance.

Aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda performed a series of movements while on a hoop suspended from the helicopter, including hanging from her teeth, her toes and her knees.

The acrobat spent about eight minutes hovering over the falls after the helicopter took off from the vehicle park roof, nearby the Seneca Niagara casino.

Erendira Wallenda spent a day in June five years ago wondering what her husband felt as he crossed Niagara Falls basin on his wire walk. "I just feel blessed".

Husband and wife come from world-famous circus and daredevil families.

"It's good to be back on the ground", Wallenda said at a news conference after landing safely.

"I thought it was pretty awesome because I don't think I could do that", said Alaina Raleeh. Because of a NY state law requiring aerialists to wear a safety tether when performing above 20 people, Erendira also had to wear a safety tether attached to her waist.

Erendira Wallenda said her training in the rain and mist of Florida, where they live, helped prepare her for the conditions expected on Thursday.

"It's unbelievable", said Joanna Romano, from Niagara Falls. Oh, and she broke her husband Nik Wallenda's record in the process.

Nik and Erendira have been married for 17 years and have three children. "And not too many people can say they married someone with the same passions that they have".

Wallenda said she hoped her performance would inspire others - and she offered a special message for other females.

"You can't do what we do and be freaked out", she said. Nik Wallenda thought the only way to top his own stunt was to redo it without the tether that he had objected to wearing in 2012. "That's fantastic. That's awesome".

The Niagara County Legislature set aside $35,000 for the act last month.

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