Hang gliding record smashed
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.
FLIGHT: Michael Jackson and Scott Barrett at Charleville.