The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside. Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of 12 hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm.
A stuntman not satisfied with the thrill of driving a powerful Harley Davidson down the highway took it one step further - by launching the vehicle into the sky. The motorcycle was strapped to a paraglider and launched off of the foothills around Mount Timpanogos in Utah, around 50 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
Paragliders the world over are flocking to Deniliquin because of the area's excellent flying conditions, and it was Swiss visitor Sebastian Benz who made them take notice. Ten paragliders from Slovenia, Switzeland, Germany and Italy have been in Deniliquin for the past two weeks, specking the skyline above the Hay Rd in pursuit of personal records.
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