Sand Turn Buzzards Fly Dayton Skies

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(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

According to Johann Nield, president of the Sand Turn Buzzard Squadron, a hang glider living in Dayton is equivalent to a skiier living in Vail, Colorado.

The unique topography of the Big Horn Mountains makes for an ideal jump for the 40-plus members of his group, who will be catching air all weekend, with, of course, the weather's permission.

The Stand Turn Buzzards have made a tradition of jumping off of the Sand Turn lookout on Highway 14 above Dayton for more than 30 years. Some see the venture of hang gliding as a death sport, but Neild has it down to a convincing science of skill and guts. He speaks the elaborate language of wind streams and flight velocity.

However, that doesn't rule out the possibility of unexpected flight plans. While the group generally does a good job of keeping track of each other, the Sand Turn Buzzard Squadron is no stranger to creative improvisation.

Neild says he welcomes spectators at their launching point. The Buzzard Squadron will be jumping in the mornings and afternoon through the long weekend.

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