Wife of Nik Wallenda set for Niagara Falls aerial stunt

Erendira embarked today on the stunt today on the fifth anniversary of husband Nik's successful tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

Wallenda was tethered to a hoop suspended from a helicopter 300 feet (91 meters) above the water Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, Wallenda described the experience as "amazing" and "beautiful", and said she had hung twice from her teeth, listening to music throughout so as to block out any sound from spectators below.

During the approximately 20-minute flight she used her teeth to grip on to the mouth piece for 10 seconds on her first attempt and then again for five seconds.

Niagara County and the city of Niagara Falls each set aside $35,000 to help fund the stunt, and the Seneca Gaming Corp., the event's lead sponsor, gave $50,000, reported the Buffalo News. "I feel like that's where God tells me 'this is what I made you for'". Husband Nik leaned out the helicopter watching Erendira while also communicating with the pilot via headphones.

The stunt artist is hoping this performance inspires others to leave their comfort zones and reach new heights which many we spoke with say it has done but not to the exact level as Wallenda. Legislators and the Wallendas said the payoff would come later, with the spread of photos and video from the stunt.

"If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too", she said.

Wallenda bit onto a customized mouthpiece that was attached to the bottom of a black helicopter hovering over the Horseshoe Falls. She said she did not anticipate the wind to make the hoop shake as much as it did. In 2012, Nik's walk generated an economic impact of $21.5 million and $3.3 million in direct revenues to the City of Niagara Falls, Fox News reported.

"I was like, 'Absolutely, '" Wallenda said he responded.

"It was awesome", said Romano.

  • Jacqueline Ellis