Electra Flyer of Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Electra Flyer of Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Art based on a photo by Stephen McCarroll of an Electra Flyer Olympus in flight
Art based on a photo by Stephen McCarroll of an Electra Flyer Olympus in flight

…that he has retained into his thirties the brashness of youth, tends to send conflicting signals. Yet his achievement gives substance to his hype. You’re left believing that almost anything is possible if Larry’s involved.

— Tracy H. Knauss after his extensive interview of Larry Newman of Electra Flyer in Glider Rider, February 1980

In the late 1970s Larry Newman branched out into powered ultralights with the Eagle. His company Electra Flyer (later American Aerolights) ceased production of hang gliders in early 1981 to concentrate on the Eagle.

Not too many came right out and said, “Oh man, I’d love to go fly a hang glider!” However, Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) indicated such an interest at a party in New York City. She expressed an interest in flying tandem in Monaco, where hang gliding is popular.

— Larry Newman interviewed in Glider Rider, February 1980

Larry Newman and Princess Grace in Newsweek, 1978
Larry Newman and Princess Grace in Newsweek, 1978

Larry Newman was introduced to movie star Grace Kelly (The Bridges at Toko-Ri) after his 1978 Transatlantic crossing with Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson in the hot air balloon Double Eagle.

One of Grace Kelly’s friends at drama school was Bettina Gray, who went on to become one of the most prolific photographers of early hang gliding. Bettina was the mother of top pilot Bill Liscomb, whose 2008 documentary Big Blue Sky informs these pages. Twenty years before, Bettina Gray was a bridesmaid at Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Larry Newman died of cancer in 2011 aged 63. (*)

Related

Early powered ultralights for the Electra Flyer (American Aerolights) Eagle

Reference

Larry Newman, 2011 in Light Sport Hangar Flyin’

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