Wednesday, April 7, 2010

History of Paragliding

One short and interesting page with cool photos, even for the non-enthusiast. You won't be disappointed.

The green line on this map shows the cross-country route of John Greynald, Robert Millington and EJ Stele on March 20, 1999, who flew from Santa Barbara to the Mojave Desert. John made it the farthest, landing in the Antelope Valley and setting a new site record with 74 miles -- roughly the same distance as from Denver to Colorado Springs, or New York City to New Haven, Connecticut. It's going to be a very big and great day in my life when I make a flight like that. Thanks to the inspiring pioneers before me.

The world distance record for paragliding is held by Will Gadd, who flew 263 miles in 10 hours, 38 minutes, launching from Zapata, TX.