Kitty Hawk Kites bills itself as the oldest hang gliding school in the world, and that may be the case. Certainly their Hang Gliding Spectacular is the oldest competition around, the 2015 being the 43rd edition. 

It’s not a huge competition . . . more like a chance for old friends to get together and have and fly their giant kites off the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. But it is a lot of fun and for anyone who has been to three or four of them, it’s a great chance to catch up on who’s doing what and how the kids are doing.

And—get in some air time.

There is something sour-stirring about watching a hang glider lift into the air, it’s pilot attached to the 30’ wing by harness and a strap. The winds on Saturday were gusty and difficult but there were some great flights off the south facing ridge of Jockey’s Ridge,

Over the years the wind has reshaped the dune; at one time the steepest and tallest grade faced due east. Over the past five or six years, the wind has resculpted the dune so the steepest pitch faces into the dominant winds of spring and summer.

A great day on the dunes, bringing back wonderful memories.