Wills Wing glider production history
Wills Wing has been the largest manufacturer of hang gliders worldwide since at least 1984(Ref). The grand total of 29,368 gliders manufactured over 48 years equates to an average of about 606 gliders per year or nearly 12 per week.
This page contains two tables. Each contains the same data, but they are ordered differently:
Bob Wills was originally the main designer at Wills Wing, aided by his brother Chris Wills and their old school friend Chris Price. After Bob was killed in 1977, Steve Pearson designed every Wills Wing glider, although Mike Meier co-designed the 1978 215 Alpha (the 155, 185, and 245 sizes are Steve’s), the 1980 Harrier 187 (the 177 and 147 sizes are Steve’s), and the 1984 Skyhawk 188 (the 168 is Steve’s). (Ref)
These statistics are dated 31/08/2021. This was when Wills Wing ceased manufacture at its Orange County, California, factory in preparation for moving production to Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
|1984||HP 170 (I & II)||1204||8013|
|1986||Sport (E & AT)||2616||10629|
|1995||Cross Country (1995)||736||21454|
|2004||Sport 2 & 3||2033||27158|
|2005||T2/T2C & T3||1927||29085|
The following table ranks each glider model according to the number of that type manufactured (using the subtotals in the preceding table). Most models are superseded after a few years. However, the Falcon, which leads this table, has been in production continuously from its introduction in 1994.
|2||Sport (E & AT)||2616|
|3||Sport 2 & 3||2033|
|5||T2/T2C & T3||1927|
|9||HP 170 (I & II)||1204|
|14||Cross Country (1995)||736|
|26||Cross Country (1977)||157|
Steve Pearson of Wills Wing provided these statistics in August 2021: E-mail exchange with the author of this web site