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Paraglider To Fly From Greece to Egypt

An Austrian extreme sports enthusiast hopes to take a world's record for his planned flight from Kalamata, Greece to Alexandria, Egypt.

Andi Siebenhofer has created what he calls a "flying bicycle" - a bike attached to a motorized paraglider. He has used similar craft in helping search for lost skiers. The advantages of his craft? It is less expensive than a helicopter and offers a virtually unobstructed view. Disadvantages? "With unfavorable wind conditions like strong wind the Paragleiter at the soil must remain." (See paraglider article translation by Google.)

Science fiction fans will remember the flycycle - the Harley Davidson of air travel from his 1970 novel Ringworld.

(Thanks to Ananova for this one.)

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