Life can be a little trickier in the remote villages of Peru. When doctors recently needed to fly a mother, her newborn child and a teenager all in need of emergency medical care from Contamana to a hospital in the middle of the night, the situation looked dire. The local airstrip that serves as the community's lifeline to the outside world has no lighting, and without the ability to see, the pilot had no way to get the plane off the ground safely. That's when a local radio station put out a cal
Although zero-emission air travel may sound like a thing of the future, gliders have a long history, which can be traced back to the birth of aeronautics. Before the Wright brothers famously outfitted their Flyer design with an engine-powered propeller, most early-flight concepts could be defined as gliders. Early gliders were often launched from hilltops or towed behind a motor vehicle to achieve liftoff. Once airborne, it was the pilot's job to find pockets of rising air known as "thermals" t
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