Hoping to nail the landing, a hang gliding pilot comes in to the target zone.

Hoping to nail the landing, a hang gliding pilot comes in to the target zone.

The Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular is returning for its 49th year. Once again it will be held the weekend after Mother’s Day, Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16.

With that announcement, more evidence that life is returning to something resembling normal.

The Hang Gliding Spectacular is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world according to Kitty Hawk Kites.

Held every year on the slopes of Jockey’s Ridge, it brings together some of the finest hang gliding pilots around. The first day of the event includes an Aerotow Competition at the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

What makes the completion so great is it is designed to highlight the skill levels of beginning to the most experienced pilots. Although there are some variations in the various competitions, for the most part pilots are judged on their ability to land in a designated spot.

There is also always a fantastic street dance on Saturday night a the Kitty Hawk Kites Nags Head Store.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Rogallo Foundation. Named for Francis Rogallo, the inventor of the Rogallo Wing that is used in hang gliding, paragliding and other applications, the foundation is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the flexible wing and its creators.

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Schedule of events

Thursday, May 13th 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aerotow Competition

The Cotton Gin, 6957 Caratoke Hwy. Jarvisburg, NC

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Free Wills Wing Demos

The Cotton Gin, 6957 Caratoke Hwy. Jarvisburg, NC

Friday, May 14th 

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Breakfast and Registration

Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Free Wills Wing Demos

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dune Competition

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM Kitty Hawk Kites Film Festival

Jack Browns back yard, 800 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Saturday, May 15th 

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration

Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Dune Competition

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Instructor Alumni Reunion

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

Sunday, May 16th 

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Dune Competition

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Rogallo Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee

Jockey’s Ridge State Park Auditorium

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Event Awards

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Rogallo Foundation Dinner

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