47th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to host the 47th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show!  Join professional hang gliders, fans, and families at Jockey’s Ridge State Park for this Outer Banks tradition.  This event is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world!

The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show will run from May 16th through May 20th with competitions each day.  The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is FREE TO THE PUBLIC FOR VIEWING with fun activities all day long.


Hang Gliding Spectacular

As the oldest, continually hang gliding meet in the world, the Hang Gliding Spectacular has a long tradition of champions, and this year we’ve decided to honor all the top finishers from the 46 year history of the meet.

In honor of their outstanding achievement in at least one Hang Gliding Spectacular, we’ve invited them to participate in the first edition of the Hang Gliding Spectacular’s Tournament of Champions! Open to all pilots who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any of the 46 events held to date, this one-day event is will be held on Thursday, May 16, just before the regular meet. Intended to reunite former winners in a fun, one day competition, all invited pilots are welcome to fly, but the spirit of the event is pure camaraderie. All the top finishers are encouraged to come back to the dunes even if they no longer fly to remember the the essence of dune flying: gathering to celebrate friends and free flight, remembering a time when questions at the end of the day weren’t “How high did you get?” or “How far did you go?” but rather, “How many flights did you make today?”

It’s going to be a fun day showcasing some great flying!



If you have any questions about the Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show, contact the Hang Gliding School at 252.441.2426. Please submit all videos for the Film Festival to events@kittyhawk.com.

Event Sponsors

Experience More Fun!

Shop Online
0 Bucket List
Chat With Us