Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000


Ride the wind

   Every kid's dream of flying like a bird--spreading one's wings and silently soaring--comes closest to reality in hang gliding. Museum of Flight visitors can explore the evolution of hang gliding, from legendary tales of soaring 4,200 years ago to the current international sports craze, with Ride The Wind: The Story of Hang Gliding, on exhibition from Monday, May 8, 2000, to Friday, February 2, 2001.

   A collection of gliders, accessories, photos, and videos will provide an overview of the glider's fixed-wing flight. Venturesome visitors may also try their hang gliding skills in an interactive simulator on loan from Silicon Graphics, Inc. The 90-ft.-high structure suspends a harness in front of a large video screen. The movement of the rider dictates the hang glider's flight above a vitural mountain range in this realist simulation.

   Glider enthusiast Paul Dees will present his illustrated "Early Flights of Chanute and the Wright Brothers" program at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 10. Visitors are admitted free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the first Thursday of every month. Call 206-764-5720 for details.