In free flight

­Since time immemorial, people have been dreaming about flying in the sky. Many stories from antiquity involve flights, such as the Greek legend of Icarus and Daedalus. The world's first successful airplane was built by the Wright brothers in 1903. They had also made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Today, taking a flight does not seem surprising. But still there are some extreme and risky forms of flying: among them paragliding and hang gliding. Find out more about flying machines and their pilots in a new XL Report!