Hang glid­ing record smashed

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A HANG glid­ing en­thu­si­ast con­quered the south­west by air this month, fly­ing 500km from Dalby to Charleville with­out as­sis­tance in an un­pow­ered hang glider.

Scott Bar­rett, of Lis­more, broke a na­tional record with his mam­moth flight, go­ing more than 150km fur­ther than the pre­vi­ous long­est flight.

Start­ing at the Dalby Hang Glid­ing Club, Bar­rett took to the skies at­tached to an ul­tra­light plane, which reached speeds of up to 100km/h be­fore he was re­leased from tow at 2000 feet above the ground.

He then spent 10 hours in the air over the south­west be­fore land­ing safely in Charleville.

Fly­ing solo, Mr Bar­rett had a unique view of out­back Queens­land and said the ex­pe­ri­ence was mem­o­rable.

“I had en­coun­ters with wedge-tailed ea­gles who made an ef­fort to come and fly in­quis­i­tively and co-op­er­a­tively with me.

“It is amaz­ing what is out there and how big the sta­tions are,” he said.

PHOTO: SCOTT BAR­RETT

FLIGHT: Michael Jack­son and Scott Bar­rett at Charleville.

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