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Members of the North Wales Paragliding Club, flying above the Dee Esturay in Wirral, northwest England during a club meeting. Paragliding was a recreational and competitive flying sport where the pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. A paraglider was a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft and the wing or canopy is known in aeronautical engineering as an airfoil or parafoil.