Waspair of Surrey, England
This related topics menu links to material in the main hang gliding pages. The links here are in chronological order.
- Hang gliding 1974 part 1 for Ted Salisbury over the cliffs of Dover
- Curved leading edges in Hang gliding 1975 part 1 for Brian Wood’s escapade in a CB240 in Austria
- Nova in Hang gliding 1975 part 2
- Gryphon 3 in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3
Miles Wings Gulp and Gryphon (Waspair took over production of later variants of the Gryphon)
Gryphon 3 in flight video: Mere 1978 BHGA Hang Glider Competition Event (at Mere in Wiltshire) on YouTube starting at 1 minute 43 seconds
Falcon 3: Photo by Roger Middleton of a Waspair Falcon 3 flown by Roger Black
Nova: Photo of the Wasp Nova in flight on the British Hang Gliding History Facebook page. (As of this writing, the year is given as 1974, but I am certain it was in 1975.)
Photo by Don Liddard of several gliders in the the landing field at the British championship competition at Mere, Wiltshire, in August 1975, in which you can compare the shape of the Wasp Nova with that of the UP Dragonfly
Sting: Photo by Roger Middleton of a Wasp Sting, a refined Rogallo of late 1975. The photo illustrates that, even without the addition of battens, fixed tips, or deflexor systems, improvements were possible. The Wasp Sting (not to be confused with the later Airborne Sting) nevertheless embodied contemporary refinements in materials and design.