When I was a younger man, I used to spend my days clicking through AOL looking for anything I could find that related to aviation. They used to have the only active web presence of hang glider pilots, and I often dreamed one day I'd learn to fly a big kite. My grandfather was awestruck by hang gliders, and I still have his old books with all the pictures from the early days of sky surfing.
As I'm sure you're all aware, ultralights evolved from hang gliders, so I consider my interest in the less than 254 lb segment of aviation to be nothing more than natural evolution.
I can hear the cries now, "But those are tricycle geared! They don't belong here!" Well, let me 'splain something to you. Warbirds are neat, but to me... Meh.
Where am I going with all this babbling? Okay, if you have even a passing interest in things that fly, you will be won over by Jim McKay's "The Ultralight Experience
". A photo journal of one man's 1980's endeavor into the world of light flight, the website is nothing short of inspiring. You'll learn all about things you never wanted to know. Disco camping, airgasms, doodahs, wedgies, cloud parties, and flying to the edge of the world. Somewhere in all of this, you'll fall in love with aviation all over again. I did.
I found Jim's website way back when, and I come back to it when I feel like I need a new awakening. The photos and stories shake my consciousness and remind me of all the reasons I love flying and aviation. At the end it all, it doesn't really matter what
you fly. All that's truly important is that