Different sight in the sky

Albert Lea Gliders

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Glider pilots from all over the Midwest are gathering in Albert Lea to test their aircrafts.

The Albert Lea Airport has hosted national championship glider competitions in the past, but runway construction had put that off for a few years.

Now that construction is complete, a competition will be coming to the airport next Memorial Day. For now pilots are gathering for fun.

“It’s a chance to go back and fly with your friends, and a chance to go back and do some unusual things. One of the things we’ll be doing here is ground launching. It’s something that’s popular in Europe, but hardly ever seen in the United States. There are only about seven ground launches in the United States,” said Albert Lea Airport Manager, Jim Hanson.

Anyone can come out to see the gliders at no cost. They will be at the Albert Lea Airport through Sunday.

Hanson said the middle of the day is the best if you want to see them in action. He said you may even go in a glider if you would like.

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