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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, Floater, 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, Floater, Ten Meter, Condor, and Mega in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3

September 14th 2020: Added info about Ed Cesar under Antares, Floater, Ten Meter, Condor, and Mega 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 Lightspeed 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

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