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.
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.
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 I blurred out the address because it is no longer valid.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.
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.)
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.
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.
“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
I blurred out the web site and e-mail addresses because they are no longer valid.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.
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.
This photo by Justin Parsons of a rigid wing launching at Westbury shows the airfoil section.
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.
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…
The AIR (Germany) ATOS is a popular rigid hang glider.
This topic continues in Hang gliding 2015 to 2019.
Into the Sky, 2010, a documentary by François Isoard about hang gliding in Namibia
Vaughn Entwistle web site, showcasing his painstakingly researched Paranormal Casebooks