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Δευτέρα, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Meet the Morning Glory, Australia's coolest cloud

Hang-glider pilot Jonny Durand reveals the Cineflex footage from his epic flight on Morning Glory.

Australia's known around the world for its surfing waves – but few people realise those waves aren't only in the water. The Morning Glory is the world's most spectacular and predictable 'roll cloud', a 1,000km-long cloud formation that often moves at speeds of 60kmh, sometimes as a single cloud, and sometimes in sets of up to eight clouds.
For the first time, hang-glider pilot Jonny Durand has released the Cineflex footage of his epic flight. It's a unique piece of equipment that costs tens and often hundreds of thousands of euros.



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Jon Durand prepares to take off at the Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia on November 6th, 2012
Jonny Durand, hang-glider pilot© Trent Mitchell/Red Bull Content Pool
What makes hang-gliding the Morning Glory so incredible is the lifting air rising up over the advancing cloud, offering pilots the chance to soar without constantly seeking thermal lift. Like water pushes a surfer up the face of the wave, the pilots use wind energy to swoop and spin in front this incredible natural phenomenon.

Fittingly, Durand's words give only the slightest indication of what that feeling is like. “You're pretty much speechless when you're up there,” he says. “The first time you experience the Morning Glory from the air, you don't know what to think.”
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