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How Paragliding Works

It may be the closest thing to real flying. With a parachute as your wing, the wind lifts you thousands of feet into the sky. But wait. How do you get back down?

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  • 10 Things That Can Go Wrong in Air Sports

    10 Things That Can Go Wrong in Air Sports

    Air sports are an exhilarating hobby, but there's a long list of things that can go awry. Even the best-trained air sports adventurers need to be aware of these risks. See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Daredevils

    Fact or Fiction: Daredevils

    Adrenaline junkies get their fix by daring to do the unthinkable. These daredevils push the limits on what can and can't be done. But how much do you really know about thrill seekers? Prepare to judge yourself on your daredevil knowledge, but whatever you do, don't try these things at home. See more »

  • How Daredevils Work

    How Daredevils Work

    Daredevils plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel, jump over tractor trailers on a motorcycle and skydive from dizzying heights. Explore the flashiest and most daring stunts that daredevils have to offer. See more »

  • How Hang Gliding Works

    How Hang Gliding Works

    Imagine soaring like a hawk thousands of feet above the ground. You search for updrafts of air to keep you aloft so that you can enjoy this feeling for hours. Although the air is somewhat chilly, the view is tremendous and the solitude is relaxing. See more »

  • How Highlining Works

    How Highlining Works

    The thought of walking a 1-inch-thick rope from one towering cliff to another makes most people feel sick. But not highliners. Where did this sport come from and how in the world do people do it? See more »

  • How Land Diving Works

    How Land Diving Works

    Usually when someone takes a dive, he or she plunges into water. Taking a dive into the land seems like a really bad idea. Who does this and how do they survive? See more »

  • How Paragliding Works

    How Paragliding Works

    It may be the closest thing to real flying. With a parachute as your wing, the wind lifts you thousands of feet into the sky. But wait. How do you get back down? See more »

  • How Skydiving Works

    How Skydiving Works

    Imagine falling out of a plane on purpose and heading toward the ground at 120 mph. Welcome to the world of skydiving! The U.S. Parachuting Association estimates that about 350,000 people complete more than 3 million jumps in a typical year. See more »

  • How Wingsuit Flying Works

    How Wingsuit Flying Works

    If you think Halloween is the only time you can wear wacky costumes, think again. Wingsuit flying combines the adventure of skydiving and BASE jumping with the style of a flying squirrel. See more »

  • The Ultimate Hang Gliding Quiz

    The Ultimate Hang Gliding Quiz

    Among man's many achievements, the ability to fly is one that never gets old -- especially for people who hang glide. Soaring through the air and reaching daring heights is either thrilling or terrifying, depending on your point of view. Regardless of whether you're ready to take off running, sit back and test your knowledge of the next best thing to grow wings. See more »

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