Worthing birdman soars more than 100m

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HIGH FLIERS leapt into the air this afternoon (August 14) as the Worthing Birdman enjoyed perfect flying conditions.

Leading the pack at the end of day one was Condor-class regular Tony Hughes, who travelled 106.5m in 11.9 seconds off Worthing Pier.

Flying for Wiltshire Air Ambulance , Tony had already been labelled a ‘star flyer’ in the programme for going more than 100m last year.

The Condor class is for the modified hang gliders or similar craft with a wing span less than 35ft and hot on Tony’s heels was Kevin Smith who managed 94.4m, staying in the air for longer than Tony though at 12.3 seconds.

Last year’s winner Ron Freeman is in third place travelling a disappointing 59.9m by his own high standards. He took the £10,000 jackpot last year with a distance of 159m.

In fourth place was Edgar Scukins, who came down from Clapham to take part, and flew 18.3m in 4.3 seconds.

Worthing Birdman 2015 (Day 1). Picture by Eddie Mitchel

Worthing Birdman 2015 (Day 1). Picture by Eddie Mitchel

Meanwhile in the Leonardo da Vinci class, for more innovative flying craft, the leader overnight is Sean Frawley at 87.6m . He travelled all the way from Hong Kong to take part.

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