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Who Says Humans Can’t Fly Without Wings… or Even Without a Plane?

Thanks to our huge leaps in physics and technology over recent years there are facilities, activities and attractions which allow us to experience the feeling of flying.

If you’re fit and healthy, an adrenaline junkie and want to know what it feels like to fly then check out some of these great ways to fulfil that urge.

Theme Park Rides

roller coaster

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Over the past couple of years theme park rides have got bigger and faster, some of which offer thrills and feelings that cannot be experienced anywhere else, the feeling of flying.

Air, at Alton Towers in the UK, was the first ever ‘flying’ roller coaster, it is one of the most technologically advanced roller coasters in the world, reaching speeds of up to 70kmph and pulling up to three gee’s in the tightest turns. The idea behind the ride is to give the riders the idea that you’re flying, and the feeling of weightlessness. Before the ride sets of you are tipped up into the ‘Superman’ position, as you are taken around the two minute flying experience you encounter spectacular twists and turns, barrel roles and ‘flying’ underground at breakneck speeds.


Zero Gravity Flights

Zero Gravity Flight

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Granted, this will cost you quite a chunk of your hard earned cash but it is an experience like no other and allows you to feel what it is like to be as light as a feather and not to be restricted by gravity.

A Russian aircraft which has earned the name, Flying Laboratory, also known as an IL-76 MDK makes a bunch of in flight manoeuvres that result in the occupants experiencing zero gravity, each manoeuvre lasts around twenty five seconds. Those first few moments after you are told to be ready you can feel an un-natural force pushing you to the ground, you feel twice as heavy as usual, and then a few seconds later everyone is flying, in mid-air.


Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

Hang gliders, also known as Delta Planes, can literally give you wings, if you want to experience the real feeling of flying then this is the path to go down. Hand gliders are un-motorised aircraft which is made of aluminium alloy or composite fabric wing, the rider is suspended from the control frame and must use his body weight to control their direction.

Due to the nature of the sport and the risks involved it goes without saying that you need professional training and guidance before you even get off the ground, but the end result is well worth it.


Wing Walking

Wing Walking

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Wing walking has been around since the early 1920’s and is not as common as it used to be, and doesn’t involve moving around any more, but is still a very unique experience that should be tried by any adrenaline junkie.

You are attached to the center of a planes upper wing section, stood up, and remain in that position for the duration of the flight. Reaching heights of one thousand feet or more and speeds of one hundred mph plus, this experience will give you a very real feeling of flying.

Sky Diving

Sky Diving

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 One of the things that skydivers always talk about is how amazing it feels to fly. Sky diving is as close to flying without wings as humans can get, the fact that you can use your entire body to move the way you want, while falling through the air, means you are literally flying.

Once you try sky diving you can become very addicted, the adrenaline rush and the thrill of flying is like nothing you have every experienced before, you have been warned!

This article was provided on behalf of the official short breaks provider Thorpe Breaks;providing fun family friendly stays at Thorpe Park hotel.