August 5, 2018 - August 11, 2018
The public is invited to watch the launch activity, which normally happens between noon and 1 PM, depending on the weather. Visitors can see the pilots getting ready and lining up, towing up behind ultralight airplanes, and circling above the airport to get high enough to start. It takes about an hour to get everyone into the air.
Big Spring McMahon Wrinkle Airpark
National Hang Gliding Championship
Sunday, August 5, 2018
The public is invited to watch the launch activity, which normally happens between noon and 1 PM, depending on the weather. The City provides shaded bleachers at the McMahon-Wrinkle airport (enter through the terminal). There are restrooms inside the terminal, and there is usually food available for purchase. The airport is on the west side of town, near where Business 20 intersects with Interstate 20.
During the competition the Terminal office usually has some information about daily activities:432-264-2362.
It's possible for spectators to take tandem "discovery" flights with a qualified instructor, and this has proven to be very popular. These flights take place in the early morning or the evening, before or after the other event activities and when the air is smoother. The cost is $125, with a souvenir video available for an additional $30. All flying is weather-dependent, and reservations are advised: call Lori Brown at 352-874-5742 or Russell Brown at 352-516-8616.