From the Popular Science Archives

January 1931

by Popular Science

Popular Science

We advised "thrill seekers looking for something new to
try" to check out Viennese daredevil Joseph Krupka's wing-enhanced skiing technique. Krupka skied partway down a glacier, then tilted his aluminum wings and "for hundreds of feet soared over the snowy tracks, landing near the foot
of the slope." The practice of enhancing a traditional sport
by adding wings has endured; witness how intrepid modern-
day "skyfliers" have expanded skydiving.
These swooping, be-winged adventurers eventually hope
to glide all the way back to earth. Echoing Krupka, one idea is to land with skis on a snowy slope.