Hang gliders and paraglliders at the 2017 Fly-In.

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 Hang gliders and paragliders assemble each year for the fly-in over the Memorial Day weekend. This year there were 20 to 25 pilots.

The launch site is accessible by four wheel drive vehicles. It is on a mountain ridge at approximately 7000 feet elevation and 2500 feet above the landing zone. Driving the trucks provides off road fun for non-pilots.

There are trophies for longest time up, most distance, highest altitude, and other accomplishments. The “golden hammer” award is given for the most spectacular, but non-injurious, crash.

The first two days were windy. Most of the launches were on day three.

Pilots, friends, and family gather at the landing zone to share stories and food.

Filmed with a Pentax Optio WG-2. Edited with Blender 2.78 Video Sequence Editor.

My photography and editing skills are lacking. I have not learned to adjust the camera for bright light. You’ll be treated to bad focus, scratchy sounds, shaky sequences, and uneven sound levels.

The majority of the launches, soaring, and landings begin at 9 min. 30 sec.

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