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    Students of the California Connections Academy launch gliders with a rubber bands during a session on aviation with members of the National Free Flight Society at the Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    National Free Flight Society Education Director Rocco Ferrario helps six-year-old Berenice Breyeon of Livermore launch her balsa wood glider during a session on aviation for students of the California Connections Academy at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    A catapult launch glider soars in the wind and thermal currents above Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Members of the National Free Flight Society lead a session on aviation for the students of the California Connections Academy at the park. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    California Connections Academy seventh grader Joe O'Brien, 12, chases his glider during a session on aviation with members of the National Free Flight Society at the Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    California Connections Academy student Angelina Frediani, 10, of Tracy decorated her glider during a session on aviation with members of the National Free Flight Society at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    California Connections Academy first grade student Marcus Leiva of Concord prepares to launch his glider during a session on aviation with members of the National Free Flight Society at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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    California Connections Academy students Ronin Tsang, 9, left and Angelina Frediani, 10, right, both of Tracy, check their gliders before their next flight during a session on aviation with members of the National Free Flight Society at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Free flight planes are usually simple, motorless aircraft and once launched are free of any control from the ground.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@modbee.com
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