by Buddy Denham
Soaring's birth came with Orville Wright's 9 minute and 45 seconds duration flight from Big Kill Devil Hill on October 24, 1911, setting the world duration record which lasted for nearly ten years. To commemorate this historical event, the SOARING100 Event was organized to celebrate this accomplishment. Events were held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial as well as hang gliding events at Jockey's Ridge. As part of the celebration, a parade of sailplanes from various vintages launched from First Flight Airport and then landed on "hallowed ground." The landing was made more interesting by the FAA restrictions imposed such that there would be no overflights of the memorial perimeter road; the restrictions necessited an approach over the trees with a turn to final prior to touchdown with reduced landing rollout. Come ride along with Buddy Denham in his ASW-20 and get a bird's eye view of this memorable experience in the birthplace of aviation!