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September 22nd 2021: Added Batso plans under 1970-72 in Hang gliding before 1973

September 15th & 16th 2021: Added color photos by Richard H. Hovey under School for perfection and More Rogallos, both in Hang gliding 1973 part 2, and under Rogallo versus Quicksilver in colour in Hang gliding 1974 part 2

August 30th 2021: Added more snippets from William Le Mer’s experiences in Hang gliding 1973 part 1

August 29th 2021: Added more photos and info to Tom Price’s flying machines

August 28th 2021: New related topics menu World War 2

August 27th 2021: Added some World War 2 history of Wendling airfield to Lejair: Tony and Rona Webb

August 25th 2021:

August 19th 2021: New page Wills Wing glider production history; data provided by Steve Pearson

August 10th 2021: Added three images to Flex Wings in Earliest hang gliders

August 7th 2021:

July 30th 2021: New section Eric Short’s first flight in Spiraling out of control

July 29th 2021: New section British championship 1975 in Hang gliding 1975 part 2 including a couple of extra images

July 22nd 2021: Added one image under Late 1960s and early 1970s in color in Hang gliding before 1973 and more links under Big Blue Sky video external links on that page

July 21st 2021: New page Torrey Pines, containing no new material, but bringing together images, text, and external links previously on several pages

July 20th 2021: New related topics menu: Tom Peghiny

July 19th 2021: New related topics menu: Dennis Pagen

July 17th 2021: New related topics menu: Brian Wood, the first British champion

July 9th 2021: Added photos to Hang gliding 1976 part 2 and Hang gliding 1977

June 16th 2021: New Roly Lewis-Evans, sail maker, related topics menu

June 6th 2021: Added several photos and some text to Hang gliding before 1973

June 5th 2021: Added another photo of Bob England, hang glider designer

June 2nd 2021: Added three images of Soarmaster-powered hang gliders to Early powered ultralights part 1

May 28th 2021: Added another photo of Tom Peghiny’s 1978 Eagle v-tail glider under Developments 1978-9 in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 2

May 24th 2021: Added a couple of images and some more info to Jean-Michel Bernasconi and Pacific Windcraft and restructured of the page slightly

May 23rd 2021: Added a couple of extra images and technical info under Miles Wings Gryphon in Hang gliding 1976 part 1

May 22nd 2021: Added an image and technical info about the ProAir Dawn to Bennett delta wing in Hang gliding mid 1980s

May 21st 2021: Added new section ASG-23 in Tom Price’s flying machines

May 20th 2021: Added another photo to Bob England, hang glider designer and one to the Dick Boone, hang glider designer related topics menu

May 18th 2021: Added more photos and info to Bob England, hang glider designer

May 16th 2021: New page Bob England, hang glider designer. Consisting partly of material moved from the chronology pages, it also contains several anecdotes by John LaTorre of his time flight testing with Bob at Marina Beach, Monterey.

May 15th 2021: New related topics menu Dick Boone, hang glider designer

May 8th 2021: New related topics menu Moyes Delta Gliders

May 7th 2021: New related topics menu Bill Bennett’s Delta Wing Kites and Gliders

April 29th 2021: Added three images, including one of Ed Vickery, to Flying squad, a short history of the east coast U.S. hang glider manufacturer Sky Sports

April 25th 2021: Split Early powered ultralights into Early powered ultralights part 1 and Early powered ultralights part 2, adding images to both

April 22nd 2021: Added four images to Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 2

April 15th 2021: Added detailed history by John LaTorre of the collaboration between Airwave on the Isle of Wight, England, and their factory in California to Pacific Airwave in Jean-Michel Bernasconi and Pacific Windcraft

April 9th 2021: Added more to Marty Alameda and Flight Designs

April 7th 2021: New page Marty Alameda and Flight Designs

March 27th 2021: Added a bunch of external video links to Jean-Michel Bernasconi and Pacific Windcraft

March 25th 2021: New page Jean-Michel Bernasconi and Pacific Windcraft

March 18th 2021: Added snippets from John LaTorre in several pages, all linked in the John LaTorre related topics menu. This is ongoing work.

March 5th 2021: Added images under Horten in Earliest hang gliders and another external link to more photos of the Alita

February 19th 2021 Added images to the following pages:

February 17th 2021: Added images to Hang gliding 1973 part 2 and Hang gliding 1974 part 2

January 29th 2021:

  • Added six photos from Chris Gonzales’ collection to Flying squad, a short history of the east coast U.S. hang glider manufacturer Sky Sports
  • Added two screenshots from the YouTube video and a photo from Chris Gonzales’ collection to Mid-day lightning in Vermont, a review of the Francis Freedland documentary film 1978 Pico Peak International Hang Gliding Meet

January 19th 2021, added photos by Hugh Morton to the following pages:

January 18th 2021, added photos by Hugh Morton to the following pages:

January 17th 2021, new pages:

December 31st 2020: Added more links to places/times in the two videos linked from Elberta Dune, Michigan, July 1974

December 11th 2020: Added a color photo of a Peregrine Aviation Owl under Antares, Ten Meter, and others in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3.

December 3rd 2020: Added a color photo of the Bennett Phoenix 6D to Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3

December 2nd 2020: New page Spectra Aolus

November 30th 2020: Added new sub-section Dove in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 2 about a problem with a prototype licence-built Electra Flyer Dove, and its solution

November 26th 2020: Added a photo of Andrew Hill in a strikingly good looking Birdman Firebird to Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England

November 23rd 2020:

  • Added a bit about the Edge harness to Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England
  • Added a bit about Pacific Airwave including a photo in Airwave of the Isle of Wight, UK
  • Added a diagram to Prone in Hang gliding 1975 part 2

November 21st 2020: Added two new (old) photos and accompanying info from Andrew Hill to Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England

November 17th 2020: Created new page Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England from existing and new material

November 13th 2020: Added several screenshots in new section Flying with seagulls in Torrance Beach

November 11th 2020: Added two images to Hang gliding 1975 part 2

November 5th 2020:

  • New section 1971 in color in Hang gliding before 1973 included some added photos
  • Added two photos of Volmer Jenen’s VJ-23 to Swing wing in Hang gliding 1973 part 2

November 1st 2020:

October 21st 2020: New related topics menu Flex-wings with tails

October 16th 2020: New page Scientific American hang glider: Mike Markowski and the Eagle III (material moved from Hang gliding 1974 part 3 and more text and links added)

October 4th 2020: Added three images to Hang gliding mid 1980s

September 24th 2020: Added an image of Eves Tall Chief, who died two days before, to Antares, Ten Meter, and Others in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3

September 14th 2020: Added info about Ed Cesar under Antares, Ten Meter, and others in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3

September 6th 2020: Added a photo under Check list in Hang gliding equipment

August 21st 2020:

August 14th 2020: Added two more images and more description to Mitchell Wing

August 11th 2020:

August 10th 2020:

  • Added an image to Lejair: Tony and Rona Webb
  • Added an external video link to the VJ dayVolmer Jensen’s hang gliders related topics menu
  • Added two external video links to the Seagull Aircraft of Santa Monica, California related topics menu

August 9th 2020: Added more material to Mitchell Wing

August 7th 2020: New page: Mitchell Wing, the B-10 Buzzard

August 6th 2020: Added a second incident with photo to Spring thermals, a sub-page of Dangers of hang gliding

August 5th 2020:

August 3rd 2020:

  • Added a couple of images and quotes, together with a link to a magazine article, in Elberta Dune, Michigan, July 1974
  • Moved applicable material to new page Point Fermin (updated with some additional info)

July 30th 2020: New section Home-built in Hang gliding early 1980s part 2 with a photo and link to Vijay Sulakhe’s photos on flickr

July 28th 2020:

July 27th 2020: New section Horten in Earliest hang gliders (with two photos from the mid 1950s

July 25th 2020:

  • Moved Grandfather Mountain (NC) material from Hang gliding early 1980s part 2 to Hang gliding mid 1980s so it is all together. Also added a photo taken at Yosemite National Park.
  • Added some text about the use of carbon fiber in flex-wing hang gliders under Litespeed in Hang gliding 2015 to 2019

July 23rd 2020: New related topics menu Computing in hang gliding

July 21st 2020: New page Training aids

July 19th 2020: New page Variometers

July 9th 2020:

July 8th 2020:

July 7th 2020 more photos by Jan Kulhavy added to the following:

July 4th 2020:

July 3rd 2020: Added photos of a Southdown Sailwings Sigma trike-powered hang glider to Early powered ultralights part 2

June 27th 2020: New related topics menu Manta Products of California and I added some extra history of Manta to some of the linked pages

June 19th 2020:

June 16th 2020: New page Hang gliding 2020 onward

June 11th 2020: Added several images of the Seagull Sierra under Mega, Harrier, and Sierra in Hang gliding early 1980s part 1 as well as text about why it was Seagull’s last hang glider

June 5th 2020: Added an image to Hang gliding 1975 part 1 and four to Hang gliding 1975 part 2

May 29th 2020:

May 26th 2020:

  • Added external video links to Hang gliding 1975 part 2 including Sail On by the Commodores featuring Bob Wills in a Swallowtail, and David Vincent flying his Swallowtail in Hawaii
  • Added an image of the Miles Wings Gryphon 2 in a new sub-section with that title in Hang gliding 1977, another image and the text being moved from Hang gliding 1976 part 1

May 25th 2020:

May 23rd 2020:

  • Picture of a Seagull VII added under Flight of the Phoenix in Hang gliding 1976 part 2
  • Links to video clips featuring designer Tom Price added under External links in Hang gliding 1976 part 2
  • Picture of a Moyes GTR added under Assortment in Hang gliding 1990 to 1993

May 21st 2020, based largely on a well preserved 16 millimetre film documentary by Robert E. Lorey and a longer but less well preserved film by taken by John Elwell, I added the following:

May 16th 2020:

  • Added photo and video links to Spiraling out of control, Brian Wood’s crash at the first ever world hang gliding championship, Kössen, Austria, in 1975
  • Added photo of a Cronkite and another link to digitized film at the first ever world hang gliding championship, Kössen, Austria, in 1975, to Cronk worksDavid Cronk’s hang gliders
  • Added video links to ATA girl Ann Welch

May 14th 2020: Added photos from Ken de Russy under new subtitle Emporia in Hang gliding 1975 part 1

May 13th 2020: New page Spiraling out of control, Brian Wood’s crash at the first ever world hang gliding championship, Kössen, Austria, in 1975

May 7th 2020: New page On this hill, May 23, 1971; the ‘Otto meet’ that started it all with the help of National Geographic magazine

May 4th 2020: New related topics menu Eipper-Formance of Torrance, California. Thanks to Roly Lewis-Evans for prompting me to carry out that long overdue sorting out.

May 1st 2020:

  • Added six photos taken in 2018 to Hang gliding 2015 to 2019. They are copied from my general interests web site (so nothing new if you visit there). While I feel that too many photos from my camera are not a good idea in a world-wide history of hang gliding, these seem to me to represent contemporary hang gliding.
  • Added three images to Hang gliding 1996 to 2014

April 30th 2020, added photos to the following pages:

April 22nd 2020:

  • Two photos from Ken de Russy of the Whitney PortaWing added to Hang gliding 1973 part 1
  • Photo of Brian Wood under Birdman and Solar Wings in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3
  • Photo of Brian Wood and Roly Lewis-Evans with Brian’s Wills Wing SuperSwallowtail under SST in Hang gliding 1976 part 2