Workers String Wallenda's Tightrope Across Niagara Falls

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT

By John Borsa


Credit: Jeff Pawlik

Linemen pull a starter line that will be used to string daredevil Nik Wallenda's metal tightrope across Niagara Falls

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    Helicopter owned by Haverfield Aviation of Pennsylvania, piloted by Daniel Arenson, helped to string starter lines from the Canadian to the U.S. side of the border.

    (Jeff Pawlik)

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June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - With three days to go before Nik Wallenda's performs one of the greatest stunts of all time over Niagara Falls, dozens of construction workers started to rig his tightrope across the Niagara Gorge.

"I think it's amazing," said Galen Kraft of North Tonawanda. He and his wife Nancy said they had to take a look at the massive rigging operation for themselves.

"They guy has a lot of guts to do it," Kraft said of Wallenda. "It's in his blood."

"I wouldn't do it," Nancy said. "I think he's a little crazy."

Wallenda will be the first person in more than a century to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls on Friday night.

The stunt will be broadcast live right here on ABC Channel 7.

A special helicopter from Pennsylvania flew three starter lines over gorge Tuesday night, from the Canadian side to the U.S. border.

The lines will be used to pull three cables high above the Niagara River.

"One is Nik's cable to walk on," said Maj. David Page with New York State Park Police.

"There's also a cable to establish a fly cam that they use in stadiums and also a fiber-optic line to get signals back and forth for ABC."

Wallenda arrives in Western New York on Wednesday and will host a news conference at 3:30 on the Canadian side of the Falls.

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