“When pigs fly” is a term often used to describe something that people assume will never happen. 113 years after the first Harley Davidson was produced one became a plane, and in doing so became a flying pig…er, Hog.
This is a stunt for the new generation of Internet fame, YouTube stars and anyone who has lit a firecracker aimed at their genitalia for the lulz. In this age of people trying anything for kicks, a Harley-Davidson took flight attached to a parasail, near Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range of Utah.
We aren’t paragliding experts, but a heavy cruiser probably isn’t the ideal bike, weighing on at 562 pounds for a new 1200 Sportster compared to 50 pounds of paragliding gear that a pilot typically wears.
Steve Mayer, owner of the paragliding company Cloud 9 Toys, piloted the dangling Harley.
“Because the Harley-Davidson weighs over 700 pounds, it was really hard for us the get the right winds and weather for Steve to fly successfully,” said Willardsen. “We had been working on the project for over a year, and I’m glad we didn’t kill Steve in the process—there were a few close calls.”
One can only imagine. The thought process behind A: choosing a Harley, B: deciding to make it fly, and C: actually pulling it off are equal parts crazy and awesome.
Also, pigs (HOGs) apparently do fly.