The 33rd annual Dust Devil Dash had pilots filling the skies around Tehachapi on Saturday. 

Sixteen sailplanes took off from Skylark glider port to see who could soar the farthest non-stop distance in a straight one-day soaring event.

“It's all about finding your thermals and going the greatest distance," said Contest Director Rob Martin.

Supported by a ground crew following in a chase vehicle with glider trailer attached, the distances can become great. Some flights have lasted nine hours and covered a distance of 500 miles.