They Came From Outer Space

With origins in a NASA spacecraft project, hang gliding is one of the oldest forms of free flight. A pilot flies a light, unmotorized, and foot-launchable aircraft called a hang glider. Most modern gliders are made of an aluminium alloy or composite-framed fabric wing. The pilot is enclosed in a harness that is suspended from the airframe, and exercises control on the aircraft by shifting their body weight against a control bar.

 

Hang Gliding Equipment

There are two basic types of hang gliders, rigid wings and flex wings. As the name implies, rigid wing gliders are stiff and offer better aerodynamics than the flex wing glider.

 

Gliding Over Black's Beach

What hang gliding at Torrey Pines is like.

 

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