Bezmiechowa Paraglider Flying 1993 Paralotnie w Bezmiechowej

Paragliding is foot-launched ultralight flying and it is also called slope soaring, parascending, or paraplane sailing. A paraglider is a soft structure, multi-celled, ram-air flying device with two surfaces (the top and bottom one) linked with ribs. An aerofoil shape, obtained owing to the stream of the air which enters the cells, inflates the canopy and enables gliding. Usually, forward movement is necessary to shape the wing while launching from a slope. Turning is obtained by pulling one of the two vertical riser lines attached to the trailing edge on both sides of the canopy. Domina C. Jalbert and David Barish are considered as paragliding pioneers (1950s and 1960s respectively). Various expressions are used to refer to this kind of device, such as Ram Air Para Foil or Sail Wing (recovering capsules by NASA). Paragliding is a beautiful example of silent aviation, as well as of the man being able to soar with the birds. Not as high as jets, but still fulfilling his or her dreams... Photos shown here were taken in August 1993 at Bezmiechowa, Poland.
Some useful websites dealing with paragliding are: United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, Torrey Pines Gliderport, Paragliding San Francisco, Freedom Parapente, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Paralotniowe.

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