The event started off with lofty ideals and delusions of grandeur. As the MC directed our attention skyward, two skydivers from the Red Bull Air Force descended in a graceful and utterly controlled manner, beneath well-designed and well-constructed parafoils that were tried and tested.
As the poem goes, though, "even the best laid plans of mice and men do oft go awry." And after the two skydivers stuck their respective landings, the era of "tried and tested" was well and truly over.
The crowd seemed to have a great time throughout the event (as did I), and many of the competitors seemed to put all of their enthusiasm into the competition, but as an engineer, I was admittedly a bit saddened by how few of the craft managed to glide any appreciable distance.
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