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Title: Gliding with 'a tsunami in the sky'
Post by: AVIATOR on September 30, 2009, 01:43:07 AM
Gliding with 'a tsunami in the sky         Tue Sep 29 2009


An Australian man has become the world's first hang-glider to perform aerobatics through dangerous "Morning Glory" clouds above the Gulf of Carpentaria.

"It was the best moment of my life — but it could have been the scariest as well ... it’s like a tsunami in the sky," said 28-year-old Jon Durand.

The formation of the "Morning Glory" clouds, which can stretch up to 1km-long, has continued to baffle scientists.

The cloud blasts air upwards at its face, generating extreme lift, while the wind at the middle and end shudders downwards at 457m a minute.

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn101/Pictures77_2008/sky1.jpg)

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn101/Pictures77_2008/sky2.jpg)

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn101/Pictures77_2008/sky5.jpg)


Title: Re: Gliding with 'a tsunami in the sky'
Post by: F-111 C/C on September 30, 2009, 05:00:51 AM
What a rush! Any idea what his altitude was?
Title: Re: Gliding with 'a tsunami in the sky'
Post by: RecceJet on September 30, 2009, 05:07:21 AM
Those are amazing photos!
Title: Re: Gliding with 'a tsunami in the sky'
Post by: AVIATOR on September 30, 2009, 06:44:08 AM
What a rush! Any idea what his altitude was?

In all the stuff to read about this they have never mentioned the operating altitude.
Read more here.

http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Profile/Default_Title-021242756938902