The Man Who Could Fly

Gary Schug

(VIDEO) Watch a paraglider’s 50th flight

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Gary Schug from Cicero, New York.

Schug is custom jewelry maker by day and a powered paraglider pilot on days off.

Paragliding, also known as paramotoring is a form of ultralight aviation that requires no license. The pilot wears a small engine on his back which provides the propulsion to take to the sky.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Schug made his 50th flight with a powered paraglider, the third unit he’s owned over the past 12 years of being involved in the hobby.

Syracuse New Times’ digital media manager Ty Marshal filmed the flight with his iPhone 4 in Pulaski, New York.

Following his flight, Gary Schug turned into somewhat of a Superman, as a young girl and her parents emerged from the small crowd that had gathered to witness the event and asked Schug for an autograph and a photo.

Gary Schug Powered Paraglider

Gary Schug with a young fan following his 50th powered paraglider flight. Photo by Ty Marshal | Syracuse New Times

Check out Gary Schug’s point of view GoPro video (recorded during his 12th flight) HERE:


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