World Hang gliding record falls – twice – in Namibia

Packing up in the dark: Carlos Pugnet (ES) and Patrick Chopard (FR) after their record-breaking day in Namibia

Packing up in the dark: Carlos Pugnet (ES) and Patrick Chopard (FR) after their record-breaking day in Namibia

If his claim is ratified, Spaniard Carlos Punet has taken the World hang gliding out-and-return distance record to 388.6km with a flight from Burgsdorf, Namibia on 9 January 2012.

Carlos was already the holder of the record, for a 354.4km flight on 11 January 2010. He lost it for just two minutes though on 9 January 2012, when Frenchman Patrick Chopard extended it to 386.09km, landing just two minutes and two kilometres earlier than Carlos.

Carlos’ 388.6 kilometres took him eight hours and 41 minutes.

Carlos Punet's Online Contest tracklog for his out-and-return record flight in Namibia on 9 January 2012

Carlos Punet's Online Contest tracklog for his out-and-return record flight in Namibia on 9 January 2012

More information on the flights, and tracklogs, are available on the Online Contest website.


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