The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Games is a true example of what hang gliding is all about, fun! Check out Jockey’s Ridge State Park May 14th – 17th and join in the excitement for an aerial show that’s not to be missed!Originally named the 1st Annual Tactile Meet, the Spectacular has endured over 30 years of continuous years of fun flying, good times and the creation of life long friends. The competition is scheduled each year during the third week of May. Over 60 competitors from all over will travel to Kitty Hawk Kites on the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina to fly, party and meet old and new friends!
The fun starts out with three days of dune competition where the pilots try to round pylons and spot land in the center of the target for points. Pilots will often compete several inches off of the ground before setting up for the landing making the event very exciting. We guarantee you will see some interesting flights and landings!
Aero Towing Competition
After two days of battling it out on the dunes everyone moves to the Kitty Hawk Kites Flight Park at Currituck County Airport for two days of aero towing competition. The event usually includes a duration and altitude contest mixed in with a bean-bag bomb drop contest. The contest ends with a spot landing task which is always fun to watch! They do change the tasks according to the conditions which makes it fun for everyone! During the aero towing competition there will be seminars, hang glider demo’s and the annual induction of a hang gliding pioneer into the Rogallo hall of fame. The day ends with a Bar-B-Q dinner catered by a local restaurant that knows how to do it right!
Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance
Another fun event is the Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance. Here everyone gathers outside of Kitty Hawk Kites main store in Nags Head for a fun night of drinking (BYOB) laughing and dancing with the band. This is truly a historical event that shouldn’t be missed.