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During the next TU Talk on Oct. 24, Duane Woods will talk about motorless flight and his experience flying gliders.


Next TU Talk to focus on motorless flight

Since childhood Duane Woods has been fascinated with gliders. The aircraft soar through the sky without the use of a motor.

“I find flying gliders very exhilarating,” said Duane Woods, who flies gliders. “It gives you the feeling of being released from the constraints of the earth and gravity. You’re also able to cover great distances and achieve high altitudes with only the power nature provides.”

During the next TU Talk on Oct. 24, Woods will discuss his experience flying gliders.

“I’ve been interested in aviation probably my whole life,” he said. “I first saw a glider flying near St. Louis, Missouri, when I was probably 7 or 8 years old and wanted to fly ever since. When my friend offered me a ride, it was a no-brainer.”

Woods said he anticipates the talk may encourage others to discover motorless flight.

“I hope to give participants an appreciation of the power of nature and to maybe spark an interest in giving it a try themselves,” Woods said. “You don’t need an engine to fly.”

Woods will present “Motorless Flight: Soaring like an Eagle” at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, inside the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. He will conduct a live glider demonstration after the talk.

Presented by the TU Library, TU Talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-227-6959.

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