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    Glider planes are smooth, lightweight fiberglass aircraft that have no engines, motors or propellers. To reach the cruising altitude, a glider plane is towed into the air by a plane with an engine. Once high enough in the air, the glider plane pilot can release the tether from the tow plane and soar like a bird, relying on air flow, currents and lift to keep the glider in the sky. Here, the tow plane takes off with the glider plane attached by a tether.
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    The glider's long, narrow wings help to keep it in the air. The tether connecting the glider to the tow plane is visible here. "Good Morning America Weekend" anchor Kate Snow chose to fly in a glider for the show's "Weekend Adventure" series. To prepare for her flight, Snow studied a textbook and worked with two of the best glider pilots in the world, Tom Knauff and Doris Grove, at Ridge Soaring Gliderport in Julian, Pa.
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    The ABC News camera crew watches as Kate Snow and Doris Grove come in for a landing at Ridge Soaring Gliderport in Julian, Pa. Grove, 76, who flies nearly every day, began taking flying lessons years ago when it was still a "boys' club." She was turned down for lessons by several instructors before she found someone willing to "teach a girl," as Grove says.
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    The glider comes in for a smooth landing in a field in central Pennsylvania. Without a noisy engine , the ride is quiet. "GMA Weekend" anchor Kate Snow described the sensation of riding in the glider as "breathtaking" and like "floating on air."
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    The ABC News camera crew shoots Kate Snow getting out of the glider plane's front seat. Instructor Doris Grove is in the back seat. Grove and her husband Tom Knauff have been running their gliderport and catalog business since 1975. Together they have set nine world records and more the 60 national records for soaring. They were even in a glider plane scene in the 1999 movie "The Thomas Crown Affair."
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    "GMA Weekend" anchor Kate Snow thanks Doris Grove for a great flight in the glider plane. Grove taught her to maneuver the engineless plane by moving a stick and pushing the proper rudder pedal at the same time.
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    Kate Snow and Doris Grove walk away from the glider plane after their flight. The smooth, narrow aircraft holds only two passengers, one in front and one in the back. Grove and her husband Tom Knauff have been flying and setting records for decades. Although they think about retiring, they enjoy their work too much. Says Knauff of the their jobs operating the gliderport, "We have fun every day."
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