Fewer hang gliders

For hang gliders, there is a practical concern: Fewer pilots means manufacturers may go out of business, making it hard to replace worn-out gear. But there is an emotional side, too: Many hang gliders have risked their lives for decades and seen friends killed honing skills that allow men to soar like birds of prey. It hurts to see that knowledge abandoned in favor of paragliding, a sport that at first seems as hard to master as sitting in a lawn chair.
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
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