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Hang Gliding!

If you have followed our blog this Winter, then you have probably seen photos and some movies of the “Lake Havasu Air Force”. These are several guys in powered ultralights who fly around Lake Havasu. Fun to watch when they buzz the beach.

One of these ultralights, the pontoon-equipped one, landed on our beach today and offered rides to the gathered crowd ($99 for 30 minutes).

Jan and I jumped on it. I went first and then Jan.

I was able to bring a movie camera along and took several minutes of video while flying — along with some footage I shot onshore when Jan went up. Between the shore and in-flight movies, here’s a 3-minute flick of our two flights today. It was great!

The first campground we fly over is Crazy Horse.

By the way — the guy with the helmet is the pilot Joe Lorenzen, a former Alaskan who resettled in Lake Havasu eight years ago.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tim Furdek #

    Awesome! Great camera work also. Easy to watch.

    Thanks for sharing . . .

    Tim Furdek 916-749-8365

    February 19, 2014
  2. emhuze609 #

    WAY Cool Tom & Jan.. let the good times roll !

    Mary H.

    February 19, 2014
  3. #

    Hey!!!! I love your adventures. Wasn’t that a good way to make use of a pontoon boat? So…… about flying lessons, Tom? Keep having lots of fun. Kath

    February 19, 2014
  4. Mary Konopka #

    That was so cool! The water looks so inviting. The campground looked bigger than I thought it was. The surrounding areas were very pretty. I wanted to go explore. I really enjoyed watching this. I know my Dad would have loved this.

    February 19, 2014
  5. Nj #

    Neat to see things from above

    February 20, 2014
  6. Just a terminology clarification, “Hang Gliding” and engine powered Ultralight flying are two completely different animals. True Hang Gliding is non-powered flight, relying on natural ridge lift or thermal lift to maintain flight. Some hang glider pilots would take offense at you calling that noisy contraption a hang glider 🙂

    February 22, 2014
    • Is there a shorter term for “engine powered Ultralight flying”?
      “Faux Hang Gliding” ?

      February 22, 2014

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