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Hang gliding 2020 onward

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Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Moyes (Australia) Litespeed RX3

These photos were taken at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020.

Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Head on
Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
RX3

The RX3 is typical of high-performance hang gliders in that it has no king post and upper rigging. Negative loads are borne internally by a carbon fiber cross-tube assembly. This one is flown by Greg Emms.

Paragliders and a hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020
Crowding (Tim King flying the rigid hang glider)
Close-up of hang glider pilot flying at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Pilot in command

Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Freedom in Wiltshire

And this is a light-weight single surface (exposed cross-tubes) Freedom made by North Wing of Chelan, Washington State, USA. In the variable conditions at this site on this day, with sink and patchy lift, the highly maneuverable Freedom outperformed even the rigid wings most of the time.


Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
On Target

Like the North Wing Freedom, the Aeros (Ukraine) Target is a light-weight single surface hang glider with exposed cross-tubes. However, while the Freedom has curved wing tips tensioned by fiberglass extensions of the leading edge tubes, the Target does not.

The red streamer indicates that the pilot has fewer than ten hours air time.

Paraglider and hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Paraglider and hang glider maneuver around each other
Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Luisa Morales turning immediately after launch

Gang gliders flying at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Luisa shows the boys how it is done

Here, the flex-wing (made by Moyes, Australia) and the rigid wing (a Solar Wings, UK, Eclipse) are contrasted. The Moyes wing is steeply banked to stay in the core of a small thermal while the Eclipse has flaps lowered and pilot head-up for a landing approach. The Eclipse is derived from the Ghostbuster, made by Flight Design (Germany) — not to be confused with 1970s flex-wing manufacturer Flight Designs (California).


Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Hamish Atkinson above the Wiltshire countryside

Hamish is flying an AIR (Germany) ATOS. Notice the control surfaces activated to cause a right turn.


Hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
Wills Wing Falcon

Like the North Wing Freedom and the Aeros Target (pictured earlier on this page) the Wills Wing (California) Falcon is a light-weight single surface hang glider with exposed cross-tubes.

Wills Wing U-2 hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire
Wills Wing U-2 at Mere, Wiltshire, in June 2020

Rigid hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in June 2020
British rigid hang glider champion Tim King on approach to landing

Tim has the trailing edge flaps lowered. They increase the camber of the wing, which increases both lift and drag. The result is slower airspeed and a steeper approach, which is easier to judge and it reduces the risk of over-shooting the chosen landing spot.


Tony Woodley launches in an Avian Rio hang glider at Bell Hill, north Dorset, UK
Tony Woodley launches in an Avian Rio at Bell Hill, north Dorset, in September 2020

External links

Katy Cole has been hailed as the new Bettina Gray by some British hang glider pilots. (See Photographers of early hang gliding for Bettina Gray.) Here are links to some of her photos…

Cambridge aerotow 09.06.20 — Cambridge, England, in June 2020, photos by Katy Cole on Google Photos

Cambridge aerotow 25.05.20 — Cambridge, England, in May 2020, photos by Katy Cole on Google Photos

Katy Cole Hobby Photography Facebook page. Subjects range across scenery, wildlife, and hang gliding in Britain.