Chargus of Buckinghamshire, England
Chargus was run by former Royal Navy marksman and motor racing engineer Murray Rose. In 1977, he flew a Midas with a Soarmaster-type power unit at the annual British hang gliding event at Mere in Wiltshire. It was noisy and it was under-powered, but it flew.
This related topics menu links to material in the main hang gliding pages. The links here are in chronological order.
- Chargus in Hang gliding 1976 part 1
- Super-E and Spyder in Hang gliding 1977
- Cyclone and Vortex in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 2
In his later years he was a successful novelist under the pen name Walter Gunn.
…there is something special about looking at a book on the shelf and knowing if I open it there is a complete and different world inside: this gives me the sense of other dimensions – other worlds that are real and existing between two covers.
— Murray Rose/Walter Gunn (1)
Murray Rose died in June 2021. (2)
Solar Wings in Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England, where Murray Rose was Managing Director
1977 Powered Hang Gliders photo album by Don Liddard on Flickr, featuring the Soarmaster-powered Chargus Midas at Mere in Wiltshire, summer 1977. This author must have been standing near Liddard at the time. Murray received applause from those watching after he landed and shut down the engine.
Photo by Roger Middleton of Murray Rose at Mere, Wiltshire, in 1976
Team Chargus by Murray Rose, SkyWings (BHPA magazine) online, August 2018
1. Interview with Walter Gunn by Judith Arnopp
2. Announcement by Steve Pionk of Murray Rose’s death on British Hang Gliding History Facebook group