A hang glider is a light and unmotorized foot-launchable aircraft. Most modern hang gliders are made of an aluminium alloy or composite-framed fabric ("parachute fabric") wing. The pilot is ensconced in a harness suspended from the airframe, and exercises control by shifting body weight in opposition to a control frame, but other devices, including modern aircraft flight control systems, may be used. Modern technology gives pilots the ability to soar for hours, gain thousands of meters of altitude in thermal updrafts, perform aerobatics, and glide cross-country for hundreds of kilometres.
- Main article: Zanzibar Land Disturbance
In 1999, Solid Snake used a hang glider during Operation Intrude F014 in order to reach the detention camp of Zanzibar Land. Following the Bridge of Sorrow's destruction, Snake required an alternative means of crossing the crevice leading to the camp. He acquired the glider from the Zanzibar Building where it was being stored, having been informed of its location by undercover CIA agent Holly White, who had seen it around Thanksgiving Day. Snake then launched from the veranda on the Tower Building's twentieth floor, and successfully reached the other side of the crevice.
Behind the scenes
- "Completely worthless in battle. Its use is unknown."
- ―Hang Glider description in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
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