Roly Lewis-Evans, sail maker


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Roly Lewis-Evans, sail maker

In 1974, teenager Roland Lewis-Evans of Dorset, England, was a boat sail maker who happened across Roger Platt with a furled hang glider on the roof of his vehicle. Platt went into hang glider manufacture with Pete Jordan as Kestrel Kites, based in Poole on the Dorset coast. Platt and Jordan needed a sailmaker and Roly needed a hang glider…

Roly worked for several hang glider manufacturers, flying in many places around the world in the process.

Roly with a Solar Wings Storm in his back garden, 1980
Roly with a Solar Wings Storm in his back garden in 1980

The author of this web site has known Roly since those early days and Roly has provided much information about hang glider and powered ultralight development as experienced by an insider.

The links in this related topics menu are approximately in chronological order.

  • Hang gliding 1974 part 3 for color photos by Roly of Roger Platt in his first attempts at flying a standard Rogallo
  • See under Puff the magic dragon (the nearest sub-heading) in Hang gliding 1975 part 1 for a photo taken during one of Roly’s first flights and some info about his early flying
  • See under Snow bound (the nearest sub-heading) also in Hang gliding 1975 part 1 for an insight into how the leading edges of standard Rogallo sails were made
  • SST in Hang gliding 1976 part 2 for a photo by Roly of a production Wills Wing Super Swallowtail 90 (to compare with a photo of Bob Wills’ prototype)
  • Hang gliding 1977 for a snippet about one of Roly’s days flying a Manta Mirage in the USA
  • Birdman and Solar Wings in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3 for Roly’s crash in a Birdman Cherokee
  • Marty Alameda and Flight Designs for a stage on Roly’s journey in the USA in 1979
  • Bob England, hang glider designer for a photo and recollection of Bob by Roly
  • Cherokee, Storm, and Atlas in Hang gliding early 1980s part 1 for Roly launching in a Solar Wings Storm
  • See under Skyting (the nearest sub-heading) in Hang gliding early 1980s part 2 for Roly Launching in a Solar Wings Typhoon

Other related

Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England, which contains several photos and much information from Roly across two decades

Early powered ultralights part 2 for photos taken by Roly when flying at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Gryphon 3 in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3 for a sail-boat project undertaken in the late 1980s by hang glider designer Miles Handley for which Roly made the sail

John LaTorre related topics menu. John is an American long time hang glider sail-maker who also provided much info to the author of this web site.

Kimmeridge Khmer Rouge for several photos by Roly in the 1970s at this once popular site on the coast of Dorset, England

External link

Huey in Vietnam war plastic models on Brave Guys and Beautiful Dolls for a photo of Roly at the controls of a UH-1

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