Hang gliding 1996 to 2014


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Hang gliding 1996 to 2014

This page continues from Hang gliding 1994 and 1995.

Some images on this page are my artistic derivations of contemporary photos. See Copyright of early hang gliding photos.

Pilot training in North Carolina. Photo by John E.
Pilot training in North Carolina. Photo by John E.

Kitty Hawk Kites, based in North Carolina near where the Wrights first flew their powered aircraft, is almost certainly the world’s longest established hang gliding school. See the Kitty Hawk Kites page.


Dennis Pagen's advert in Hang Gliding, June 1997 featuring Ursula Edwards
Dennis Pagen’s advert in Hang Gliding, June 1997

As well as posing for adverts, Ursula Edwards carried out hang glider flight test reviews for Hang Gliding magazine. I blurred out the address because it is no longer valid. However, if you Google “Dennis Pagen hang gliding books”, you are sure to find his web site. Alternatively, see under External links later on this page.


Art based on a photo of Bob Rouse flight testing his Dimorph pteron in 1997
Bob Rouse flight testing his Dimorph pteron in 1997

There are more photos of Bob Rouse’s gliders in his book Selected Works 1982 to 1998. For additional images based on his work, see under Art for art’s sake in Hang gliding early 1980s part 2. Bob left the world of hang gliding and went on to found an eco-village, which is thriving as of 2019. (Source: E-mail correspondence.)

Mark Vaughn photo of an Airwave K5 launching
Red Bull photo of John Heiney looping an Ultralight Products TRX

Art based on a photo by Joe Alendifer of Chris Wills and his daughter Kelly in 2000
Chris Wills and his daughter Kelly. Photo by Joe Alendifer.

That looks like a standard Rogallo that Kelly is not attached to in this gathering of vintage hang gliders at the beach in 2000. Chris was the first ever US hang gliding champion. The glider behind looks to me like a Seagull of the late 1970s judging by its parabolic curved leading edge tube.

See also the Sport Kites/Wills Wing of California related topics menu.


‘Topless’ hang glider at Torrey Pines, San Diego, in 2000. Photo by paraglider pilot Nick Greece.

Flex-wing hang gliders without a king post and top rigging started to become popular around the turn of the century. Strength in the negative-G sense is provided by structure inside the wing.

Nevertheless, some of us prefer a glider with top rigging.

Back to basics

“I like submarine commanders. They don’t have time for bullshit. And neither do I.”

— President Roosevelt played by Jon Voight in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor

Dennis Pagen's advert in Hang Gliding, May 2001 featuring Mitch Shipley
Dennis Pagen’s advert in Hang Gliding, May 2001

I blurred out the web site and e-mail addresses because they are no longer valid. However, if you Google “Dennis Pagen hang gliding books”, you are sure to find his web site. Alternatively, see under External links later on this page.


Photo of a rigid hang glider at Combe Gibbet in 2006
A Tsunami rigid hang glider at Combe Gibbet in 2006

Rigid hang gliders have greater performance than flexwings and they are physically less effort to fly, but they are more complex. Because the wing is rigid (unlike a flexwing) it uses aerodynamic controls for roll control rather than weight shift.

This is a Hellite Tsunami at Combe Gibbet (Inkpen Hill) in Berkshire, England, in 2006.


Rigid hang glider launching at Westbury
Rigid hang glider launching at Westbury (no larger image available)

This photo by Justin Parsons of a rigid wing launching at Westbury shows the airfoil section.


Hang gliding at Bell Hill, 2002
Flying in formation with Gary Dear at Bell Hill, Dorset, England, in 2002

Vaughn Entwistle flying an early Wills Wing Sport 2
Vaughn Entwistle flying Rampart Ridge

This photo, taken in 2008 when he lived in the Pacific northwest USA, is of novelist Vaughn Entwistle flying an early Wills Wing Sport 2 in the Cascades. He kept the glider on his van and drove it to work every day. After work, he and a friend headed to Rampart Ridge to fly.

Vaughn’s web site (linked farther down this page) showcases his painstakingly researched Paranormal Casebooks, which feature Scotsman Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories) and Irish playwright Oscar Wilde.

Cross-country

Wing-mounted camera view from airborne hang glider
On the way to the coast in 2011

This photo was taken aboard an Airborne 154 Sting 3 during a 17-mile cross-country flight in Dorset, southern England. It took more than an hour of mostly circling in thermals. Then nearly five hours of walking, hitching rides, and driving to retrieve everything and get home…


Club safety officer Richard Mosely makes a low pass in front of the ridge in 2013
Club safety officer Richard Mosley makes a low pass in front of the ridge in 2013

The AIR (Germany) ATOS is a popular rigid hang glider.


Art based on an in-flight hang gliding photo by Brian Ellison
By way of contrast, in colour at least, this is based on a photo by Brian Ellison.
Five seconds and 180 degrees later
Wills Wing U-2 over a village in north Dorset in 2015
Steve Whitfield (Wills Wing U-2) chases a lift marker at Bell Hill, north Dorset, in July 2014
Steve Whitfield (Wills Wing U-2) chases a lift marker at Bell Hill, north Dorset, in July 2014

This topic continues in Hang gliding 2015 to 2019.

External links

Dennis Pagen Books

Into the Sky, 2010, a documentary by François Isoard about hang gliding in Namibia

Vaughn Entwistle web site, showcasing his painstakingly researched Paranormal Casebooks