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Paraglider takes off in Audrain for 73-mile journey

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

Paraglider Jaro Krupa takes flight in Audrain County and eventually lands 3 1/2 hours later after spending 73 miles in the air.

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Jaro Krupa, of the company Chicago Paragliding, was stopped in between Farber and Laddonia two Fridays ago for a few moments after a long paragliding flight.
After launching in Hermann, Mo., the paragliding instructor caught a bad thermal cycle and he couldn’t stay aloft. This forced the advanced paragliding instructor to land on Audrain County Road 525 around the Wilburn Farm. Krupa was there for a few minutes before being guided back into the air with an apparatus connected to a truck driven by John Henrietty, of Chicao, Ill.
After ascending in Audrain County, Krupa traveled 3 1/2 hours to Burlington, Iowa. This 73-mile journey broke a previous record of 62 miles of flight.
“I was going to fly at least over 100 miles (for a) cross country flight, so maybe next year,” Krupa said. Video of his landing can be found on “The Vandalia Leader’s” Facebook page or at
Chicago Paragliding considers itself the premier powergliding school in the Midwest. It started in 2008. Visit