Oregon Field Guide

Alvord Desert Gliders

Clip: Special | 6m 38s | Video has closed captioning.

Glider pilots enjoy the thrill and beauty of soaring above the Alvord desert. Once a year a group of 20-30 pilots gather for a week of soaring above the playa, but their method of getting airborne is unique. Using the 18-mile long playa as their runway, these gliders forgo the traditional airplane tow and opt instead for a tow cable hitched to a car in one of the most remote corners of Oregon.

Aired: 03/12/21

Rating: NR

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