Friday, December 18, 2015

Soaring of Nighthawk

Gliding/Soaring is a generic term for the art of flying a heavier than air craft similar to an airplane, but not provided with an engine. In a gliding, the apparatus loses altitude continually throughout its course, never rising above its starting point. In soaring flight, however, the machine is carried aloft by the rising air currents and is capable of completing maneuvers, high above the point of departure.

Based in Wheeler, William Alexander Cocke, Jr and his support crew set up on the windward side of Oʻahu.  Launching on December 17, 1931 and flying along Oahu's Nuʻuanu Pali, he flew his homebuilt sailplane glider through the night and set the World and US Duration Record of sustained powerless flight at 21 hours, 34 minutes, 25 seconds and traveled an estimated 600 miles. 

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