By Luke Kenton
This daredevil reportedly became the first woman ever to wingsuit above the white plains of Antarctica – zooming above the glaciers at more than 100mph.
When photographer Heather Swan first met her future husband, Glenn Singleman, in 1995, she had no experience of skydiving, adventuring or mountaineering – and relatively little interest.
But 23 years later, the 50-year-old has become the first woman to wingsuit above the icy mountains of Antarctica, with her Glenn by her side.
Reaching break-neck speeds of 112mph, the couple, from New South Wales, Australia, jumped from 12,000 feet before soaring above Union Glacier last month.
Weaving and yawing in tandem above the desolate blank canvas below, the couple braved bracing temperatures of -35C during the breathtaking descent.
Stunned by the contrast between the blue sky and the white landscape below, Heather said she is not only incredibly honoured to be the first woman to experience this magnificent scene in a wingsuit, but grateful she got to experience it with the one she ‘loves most’.
Citing the jump as their greatest feat to date, Heather said: “Antarctica had always been a dream of ours.
“Flying in a wingsuit above that landscape was such a magical experience.
“[It’s] my favourite jump in 18 years of skydiving.
“But it’s made more special because I get to share it with the person I love most in the world – my husband Glenn.
“I feel incredibly privileged to have had this experience.
“Relatively few people get to visit inland Antarctica, and Glenn and I are the first people to wingsuit skydive there – that’s an honour.
“We’ve enjoyed jumping in beautiful places for many years now – we call it adventure wingsuit skydiving.
“We’ve jumped in the Himalaya, outback Australia, across the Grand Canyon, just to mention a few.
“We’d love to fly our wingsuits over Mount Everest someday, but obtaining permission is proving to be difficult.”