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The annual Rogallo Kite Festival, held for the past twenty-three years at Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, honors Francis and Gertrude Rogallo. A NASA engineer, Rogallo, along with his wife, is credited with inventing the flexible wing in 1948. In the 1960s, use of the wing launched the sport of hang gliding. Since 1974, Kitty Hawk Kites has instructed over 300,000 people in the techniques of hang gliding.
Where the Wright Brothers once flew, hang gliding, enthusiastically called \"skysurfing,\" has emerged as an exciting new sport. Elliot discusses the sport's popularity and the hang glider's inventor, NASA scientist Dr. Francis M. Rogallo.