Scenes from the World Air Games in Dubai

This year’s competition drew everything from model airplanes to balloons.

Breitling wingwalkers perform over the resort hotels on Dubai's Palm Islands. (Photos: © Tokunaga-Breitling SA)
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Part airshow and part aerial Olympics, the World Air Games held this month in Dubai featured some two dozen events, from parachuting to ballooning to aeromodeling. This fourth Games organized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale drew 875 competitors from 55 countries, with the United States and France taking home the most medals.

Here are a few snapshots from the Games, with flying vehicles of all sorts set against the desert backdrop.

Ballooning over the Palm Islands. (Anthony Green / FAI Media Team)
Hot air airships over Dubai. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
A glider eases past one of the city's many skyscrapers. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
On the final day of the Games, balloon pilots flew from The World Islands to the Skydive Dubai Palm Dropzone. (Anthony Green / FAI Media Team)
The Hungarian Veres Zoltán team performs during the December 5 air show. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
In the parallel fender rigging event, helicopter pilots race against time and each other to drop boat fenders in containers. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
More than 30 pilots competed in the Gyrocopter category. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
Foot dragging in the water during the paramotoring event. (Marcus King / FAI Media Team)
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