Watch This Paraglider Take Flight Against the Backdrop of the Northern Lights

If you don’t have the paragliding skills to get a birds-eye view of the northern lights yourself, now you can live vicariously through Horacio Llorens. Red Bull recently released a video of the famous aerobatic paraglider gliding across the majestic backdrop of the aurora borealis.

To capture the video, Llorens and the film crew headed to a location outside Tromso, Norway, where they braved -15 degree temperatures. Llorens wore heated gloves to keep his hands warm and a wetsuit just in case he fell into the water beneath him during the flight. The paraglider was outfitted with a Thor200 paramotor that allowed him to maneuver gracefully amidst the stunning green lights.

Of the experience, Llorens told Red Bull: "It feels like clouds are in front of you, 500 [meters] away, but in reality they're 15,000 [meters] over your head."

You can watch the full video of the flight above. 

Banner image via Red Bull.

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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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How the Wright Brothers' Plane Compares to the World's Largest Aircraft
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The Wright brothers famously built the world’s first powered, heavier-than-air, controllable aircraft. But while the siblings revolutionized the field of aviation, their early plane looks tiny—and dare we say quaint-looking—when compared to the aerial giants that came after it.

In Tech Insider’s video below, you can see how the Wright brothers’ flyer stacks up against the scale of other aircrafts. You'll notice that size doesn't always guarantee a successful journey. The Hughes H-4 Hercules—the largest flying boat ever made—never made it past the prototype stage, performing only one brief flight in 1947. And the Hindenburg, which was 804 feet long and could fit 80 Olympic swimming pools, famously exploded on May 6, 1937.

Today’s longest commercial airliner is the Boeing 747-8, which measures 251 feet from nose to tail. While slightly shorter (238 feet), the Airbus A380 is certified to hold more people than any other plane in the air—a total of 850 passengers. That record won't last long, though: In a few years, the Stratolaunch carrier—the widest aircraft ever built—will dwarf its contemporaries when it takes to the skies in 2019. Built to launch rockets into orbit, its wingspan is about the size of a football field, even bigger than that of the Hughes H-4 Hercules.

Still, what the Wright brothers’ plane lacked in size, it made up for in ingenuity. Without it, these other giants may never have existed.

[h/t: Tech Insider]


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