Kitty Hawk Kites 50th annual Hang Gliding Spectacular set for May 19-22

Hang gilders take aim at the target at the bottom of a dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park during "The Spec".[submitted photo]

Join Kitty Hawk Kites and celebrate the 50th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular competition. “The Spec” is the longest-running hang gliding competition in the world and is free to the public for viewing with competitions and fun activities all day long.

The 50th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular will be held May 19-22, 2022. Be sure to book your accommodations now to join professional hang glider pilots, fans, and families for air games and festivities in the Outer Banks!

The aerotow competition will take place at The Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg and the dune competition will be held at Jockey’s Ridge State Park during this special Outer Banks tradition.

In addition to the hang gliding competition, the 50th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular will feature: a vintage glider display and fly-in; a historic movie, photo, and T-shirt display; a film festival; the Woody Jones Street Dance; and more.

For more information on The Spec, or to participate, please visit If you have any questions about the Hang Gliding Spectacular, contact Sales & Events Coordinator Megan Turner at, or the Hang Gliding School at 252.441.2426

About Sam Walker 1512 Articles
Sam Walker was news director for, Beach 104, 99.1 The Sound, Big 94.5 WCMS and Z 92.3 from August 2011 to March 2022.