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Ulster Rugby winger Tommy Bowe gets his wings for real

Rugby ace Tommy Bowe has shared a photo of his first solo flight in a death-defying microlight aircraft.

The picture posted on his Twitter page shows the Ulster star standing in an airfield in front of a tiny black stunt plane.

He captioned the snap “first solo flight in this little bad boy today.” Attaining a pilot’s licence has been a long-held ambition for the winger for a number of years.

The Monaghan-native first picked up the hobby during his spell at Welsh club Ospreys. Bowe (30), was looking for something to fill his time during his midweek day-off.

He was rooming with his Ospreys team-mate Ian Gough, who filled him in on his hobby of stunt-flying. Bowe was intrigued and when Gough organised a test flight he quickly became hooked.

Recently the former Gaelic footballer officially announced he was off the market by confirming his engagement to long-term girlfriend, former Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse. He asked Lucy to marry him over the Easter holidays in April and news broke as she posted a beaming photo of the couple online. The pair met in a Cardiff nightclub in March 2011 and friends said they hit it off straight away.

Lucy (30) has now given up on modelling to concentrate on her nursing career. In 2015 Bowe will be busy preparing for the Six

Nations campaign, the European Cup championship and the RaboDirect PRO12. As a result of the hectic schedule, the most likely time of the couple’s nuptials will be a date in July, the same month Gordon D’Arcy married his model wife Aoife Cogan in 2012.

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