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    A form of unpowered flight envisaged by Leonardo da Vinci centuries ago is currently winning an increasing following amongst sports enthusiasts in the United States.

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    A form of unpowered flight envisaged by Leonardo da Vinci centuries ago is currently winning an increasing following amongst sports enthusiasts in the United States.

    It's called hang-gliding -- because the pilot literally hangs in the air, strapped to a single horizontal dacron sail, with a wingspan of up to 30 feet (10 metres).

    Five enthusiasts demonstrated their sport in Massachusetts recently. They literally took a running jump off an escarpment of Mount Greylock and then -- dodging high-rise threes and inquisitive birds -- floated down into the valley a thousand feet below.

    The gliders, which look like large kites, provide one of the cheapest forms of flying. Each one costs a mere 300 to 600 dollars. Skilful use of air currents and thermals can enable the hang-glider pilots to stay aloft for hours. The U.S. national duration record stands at 12 hours.

    Enthusiasts say their sport is safe. But hang-gliding does have one sinister aspect. Even though it's still a minority sport, nineteen pilots have been killed during the last three years.

    SYNOPSIS: Cost is a big incentive for hang-glider pilots. The equipment can cost as little as three hundred dollars. And at that price, it's a fast expanding sport, despite the dangers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA23J27WW80TO32L9UPS6MGPI9K
    Media URN:
    VLVA23J27WW80TO32L9UPS6MGPI9K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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