A Little Lift

Gliders so responsive they can stay up on a breath of fresh air.

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“For me, it’s never been about going from point A to point B,” says Howell, who as a teenager used to band hawks at Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania. “It isn’t about getting really high and it isn’t about going anywhere as quickly as you can…. The whole idea here is to build a sailplane that can fly…slow, nap of the Earth, feeling the air…. That’s what it’s about—being a hawk.”

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