Gliding with ‘a tsunami in the sky’
An Australian man has become the world’s first hang-glider to perform aerobatics through dangerous “Morning Glory” clouds above the Gulf of Carpentaria.
“It was the best moment of my life — but it could have been the scariest as well … it’s like a tsunami in the sky,” said 28-year-old Jon Durand.
The formation of the “Morning Glory” clouds, which can stretch up to 1km-long, has continued to baffle scientists.
The cloud blasts air upwards at its face, generating extreme lift, while the wind at the middle and end shudders downwards at 457m a minute.