dan-buchanan-streamers2Airshows are a popular form of family entertainment — major shows draw over 100,000 spectators a day — and one of the most popular and unique acts on the show circuit is performed by Dan Buchanan. While most airshow pilots fly high-powered planes, jets and helicopters ranging in cost from hundreds of thousands to many millions of dollars, Buchanan performs his routine flying a hang glider that costs around $6,000. Audiences are entertained and amazed at Buchanan’s performance and piloting skill, and even better, the crowd is unaware that Buchanan is a complete paraplegic — until the end of his act in a very cool finale.

dan-buchanan-portraitBuchanan’s performance starts with his liftoff, accomplished by launching from a trailer towed by a vehicle driving down the runw