The Thrill of Parasailing

Jun 11, 2023 ByClaire Miles

Paragliding is one of the most unadulterated and natural types of flight. The pilot sits in a harness that is supported by a sizable, curved cloth wing while using a paraglider. The pilots take off by jogging and gaining lift because there is no engine. A good pilot may glide over great distances and ascend to great heights thanks to the wing’s curvature. Pulling grips that are situated next to each shoulder is how you steer.

One of the simplest and most accessible types of flight is paragliding. A lot of people prefer it as a hobby since they get to enjoy the outdoors and the breathtaking vistas from above in addition to the skill and thrill of flying. The history of paragliding is quite recent, and it has been practiced by numerous people in France and the United States. Early paragliding designs were based on the spherical, safe-descending parachute, which was already in existence.

The US military engaged in the earliest documented paragliding as part of their parachute landing training. It took a lot of time to repeatedly fly soldiers back into the air so they could leap out of a plane. If soldiers used paragliding to get into the air on their own, it was less expensive, and time-consuming, and allowed for more jumps to be done during the day.

Para-glider on hike to Fronalpstock, Switzerland.

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Pierre Lemoine, a French engineer, contributed to the development of paragliding in 1961. He created a parachute that could be guided and towed into the air. The popularity of paragliding didn’t really take off until 1978. The turning point occurred on June 25 when skydivers rushed down the slope of Mont Pertuiset’s sleeping peak and threw themselves into the air. They couldn’t afford to pay for the gasoline for a plane to fly them up and down the mountains while they were practicing for the French national skydiving championships.