More than 100 multi-coloured paragliders filled the sky over Indonesia’s Bali island yesterday, as they set a new world record for the largest number of gliders flying at the same time.
They set off from rugged clifftops in the south of the resort island and flew high into the azure sky, floating over the sea, Hindu temples and red-roofed villages.
About 120 paragliders took part, more than the 99 involved in the previous world record, which was also set in Bali in 2009.“The site here is perfect, and the circumstances,” said Frits Brink, from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the governing body for air sports, including paragliding.
“It’s a brilliant thing.”
Paragliding involves foot-launched gliders, with the pilot sitting in a harness attached to a wing usually made of fabric.
Paragliders don’t have engines but are still capable of flying over hundreds of kilometres for many hours, although shorter flights are more common.
The new record followed the FAI’s general conference this week in Bali.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Archbishop’s call to strive for truth
4,694 Filipino workers flew out daily last year: think-tank
Militants free two Indonesian hostages
Duterte eyes deal on medicines in India trip
Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking
Overseas deployment of workers halted over deaths
Journalists protest move to close news website
Philippines' main airport sacks contractor over baggage thefts
Thai cops nab passport forger with Islamic State links