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soaring

soaring

[sawr-ing, sohr-]
soaring: see flight; glider.
or gliding

Sport of flying a glider or sailplane. The craft is towed behind a powered airplane to an altitude of about 2,000 ft (600 m) and then released. The glider pilot makes use of rising currents of warm air, such as those above a sunlit field, to maintain or gain altitude. Instruments used include the altimeter, airspeed indicator, compass, and turn-and-bank indicator. National soaring contests, which include events for altitude, speed, distance, and accuracy in returning to a starting point, are held annually.

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Soaring is a mode of flight in which height is gained by using air that is moving upwards. It arises in the flight of both aircraft and birds.

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