Californian man flies nonstop 222.22 miles to break the record for the longest hang gliding flight in the world
Californian man flies more than nine and a half hours non-stop 222.22 miles to break the record for the world’s longest hang gliding flight
- Owen Morse broke the record for the longest non-stop hang gliding flight ever
- On June 19, it was located a few 222.22 miles above the Owens Valley in California
- Morse’s accomplishment was endorsed by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale
- He is best known as part of the juggling game duo The Passing Zone
- Morse and Jon Wee appeared on America’s Got Talent, other TV shows
A California man was officially recognized as the world record holder for the longest non-stop hang gliding flight by logging 222.22 miles above Owens Valley in California.
Owen Morse, who is half of the professional juggling duo The Passing Zone alongside Jon Wee, broke the record by flying his Wills Wing T3 hang glider over the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California on June 19.
“This flight was a dream come true for me,” said Morse Cross Country Magazine.
Owen Morse is seen ascending from Walts Point above on June 19 in Owens Valley, California
Morse set off from 9,000 feet above sea level on his record-breaking journey
He reached speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour while flying more than nine and a half hours
Morse lands after its record-breaking flight on June 19
The image above shows a map with details of the route Morse has traveled during the flight
“I’ve been chasing the back and forth world record for six years and this year all the puzzle pieces finally came together beautifully.”
It took over nine and a half hours for Morse to complete the course. He managed to reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour as he made his way through the Owens Valley.
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the global governing body for air sports, including hang gliding, reviewed Morse’s flight data and endorsed its record-breaking journey.
Owen Morse is shown in the file photo above
“My previous efforts had ended prematurely for a number of reasons: thunderstorms on the course line, a NOTAM due to a nearby forest fire, a cable failure in the harness and too little daylight (another way of saying I had flown too slowly), ‘ he said.
“It takes a lot of things to do well to be successful, and one important thing that goes wrong could be the end.”
In aviation, a NOTAM is short for ‘Notice to Airmen’, a notice filed with an aviation authority to warn aircraft pilots of potential hazards along an flight path or in a location that could affect flight safety.
Aside from hang gliding, Morse is also a professional entertainer.
Morse (left) is half of the professional juggling duo The Passing Zone alongside Jon Wee (right)
He and his Passing Zone partner Wee reached the semifinals of America’s Got Talent for their extreme juggling act.
The duo also appeared during the half time of sporting events and on various TV shows.
To date, they have won 18 gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association.