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Newport Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hang Gliding

 
 
Hang Gliding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 16, 2018
1. Hang Gliding Marker
Inscription. On this site, May 23, 1971, with a gathering of enthusiasts for personal human flight, began the worldwide sport of Hang Gliding.
 
Location. 33° 37.088′ N, 117° 51.182′ W. Marker is in Newport Beach, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from San Miguel Drive 0.3 miles north of Port Sutton Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in San Miguel Park, south of the basketball court. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of 3rd National Boy Scout Jamboree (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Ferry Service Between Balboa and Balboa Island (approx. 2.8 miles away); Balboa Pavilion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Balboa Village (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Water-to-Water Flight (approx. 2.9 miles away); Rendezvous Ballroom (approx. 3 miles away); The Salt Works (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Landing (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport Beach.
 
Regarding Hang Gliding. A dozen Hang Glider pilots gathered here in 1971 to fly and celebrate the 123rd birthday of pioneer flyer Otto Lilienthal. Over 500 spectators attended. News media coverage of the event popularized the new sport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Newspaper article, and home movies of the event. (Submitted on February 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Hang Gliding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 16, 2018
2. Hang Gliding Marker

2. Learn To Fly. The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association website has information about the sport, including how to learn to fly. (Submitted on February 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Flying, aviation
 
Categories. Air & SpaceSports
 
Hang Gliding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 16, 2018
3. Hang Gliding Marker
Looking back at the basketball court, parking lot, and street.
Hang Gliding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 16, 2018
4. Hang Gliding Marker
The residential neighborhood in the background is the hill where pilots flew in 1971 before the homes were built.
Otto Lilienthal flying in Germany, in 1895. image. Click for full size.
1895
5. Otto Lilienthal flying in Germany, in 1895.
Modern Hang Glider image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 27, 2018
6. Modern Hang Glider
At the 47th anniversary Otto Lilienthal Meet, at Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center in Playa Del Rey, CA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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