The good people at Wimp.com have found yet another cool flying-related video. The footage is of motorized paragliders (pardón: paramotors) racing in the French Alps. It’s neat, but I”m surprised by a few things: 1) a video like this is produced by someone other than RedBull. 2) RedBull isn’t involved. 3) RedBull didn’t do it. The vid:
The footage comes from a French company called Parabatix. They are trying to create a new sport called ‘Sky Racing’ with their brand of paramotors (here’s a link to their info on the event: http://www.parabatix.com/Parabatix/About.html).
Also surprising: if you go their ‘Sky Racers’ section, they list their team pilots, and they have more than one! They even had a few to choose from apparently:
The Parabatix sky racers are made up of the world’s most talented paramotor pilots!
These pilots were carefully selected from around the world to compete in the Parabatix world series.
Today We Learned
TWL (it’s flattery reddit), here’s what we learned via this video:
- Paramotoring is s ‘thing’.
- There’s a company that sponsors it.
- The company is not RedBull.
I think we also learned that it’s pretty neat. We’ll mark it on the radar.
(Hattip to Aaron. Also this is embedded from Parabatix because Wimp didn’t give embed code on this one. So we’re nice even linking them.)
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Great Find HuffPo. and CNN, for 1998!
Bruce Campbell (not the actor from Burn Notice) is the owner of a Boeing 727 home, and he has been posting pics on his unique house since 2002. Before that, the article you see here (in monochromatic splendor) is from the Maine Sun Journal, December 12, 1998.
Recently, (this week), the HuffPo via WTSP (through CNN) picked up the story and are running it like it’s new. Yes, it’s cool. But new, no. Not anymore. They were scooped by 14 years in a paper news thingy.
Now, I guess they might claim that CNN was allowed to do a new video tour (maybe that’s news?), but really these should all be follow-up stories with titles like: “How Has Bruce Campbell Dealt With The Publicity Of His 727 House?”. Or: “Campbell’s 14 Years Living In A Can.” (Have some pun.)
Well, if these media outlets are not above such old news, I guess neither are we. It’s still clickworthy. Here’s an embedded re-post, of an embedded video (sorry it’s Flash):
Also not aviation news…
…but just as cool, if not cooler is a 727 hotel in Costa Rica (click to visit the article):
Visit Campbells website here: http://www.airplanehome.com/ (Where the top pictures came from.)
Visit the Costa Rica 727 fuselage hotel here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-727-fuselage-home-82299
I was surfing around the aviation webs a few days ago, and I came across one of the coolest aircraft testing photos for a commercial airliner I’ve ever seen. Apparently, it’s a few years old, but I don’t care, it’s awesome. (Click it for high-res wonder.) Yes, it’s an airliner chasing the open cargo door of a military transport plane. (Pictures provided by Reddit user susuhead – new pics at bottom) Continue reading