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Old 01-23-2013, 03:49 PM
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Default What Not To Do

A public service announcement for all pilots.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=SxHVhxbtrhY
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:34 PM
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Now that is one Flat Slope Launch like I have never seen, except maybe off a sandy beach!
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Ouch.

On a positive note, saw this on hanggliding.org, and thought you guys may enjoy that, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHUVdKoZII8

Sure makes me that much more grateful I came to hanggliding at this day and age, and not 35 years ago.
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Did I hear right? Were there really some hang gliders which could do 60mph back then?
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Did I hear right? Were there really some hang gliders which could do 60mph back then?
They only had a 6-8 - 1 glide ratio anyway. If they were going 60 it would have been diving at the ground.

Thanks for the link Michal.
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Michal, those are modern HGs compared to the first 2 or 3 that I built with mylar sails :)
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Michal, those are modern HGs compared to the first 2 or 3 that I built with mylar sails :)
I'm glad you're still here to talk about it :-)
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Angry Modern HG's vs 35 years ago

Michael M wrote: Sure makes me that much more grateful I came to hanggliding at this day and age, and not 35 years ago.
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I started in 1971. Bamboo frame & greenhouse plastic sail.
Held on with armpits on the cage. It had struts and was topless.
No one had ever flown off a mountain. We all learned on our own
and no instructors. I finally flew my own design off a 1200' cliff
July 17th 1973. Then at a 2200' AGL site nearby. Looking back I
was young and dumb. But I will have to say that flying was much
more exciting than today. We were always flying higher, further
and longer. We gathered like buzzards and partied like animals.
It was alot like surfers or bikers back then. Today is a different
HG'n world compared to back then. Kind of like comparing the old
Nascar to what you see on TV today. You were always seeing the
next new wing showing up and designs were radical and performace
was in leaps and bounds. Todays HG'rs are abit like buying a car.
They kind of all look alike and come in your basic colors. Sometimes you
see a custom sail ( like a custom car ) but overall gliders are generic
looking. But don't get me wrong.... wings are so quality built today
and with carbon fiber and mylar they sure are hi tech and bad ass too.

I am so glad I got in the sport when it was born from homebuilts
and hill flying and then sucked in performace yet weighed only 30 lbs.
All we cared about is that we were flying!

There were alot of ass bust'n back then. Folks got hurt. Some got killed.
And for awhile it was dangerous because just like people who got an
ultralight airplane and flew without instruction, many mistakes were made.

I like the modern wings.
But to fly or see a Seagull V, Easy Riser Biplane or Mitchell Wing B-10 fly
is really something else.

I was at Nag's Head off the NC coast in 1972 with a hand full of "hand Gliders"
with FM Rogallo holding a wind meter as we launched & flapped down the dune.
And at Grandfather Mountain during the early US Nationals to see the pioneers
soaring and the sport taking off bigtime. I towed behind pickup trucks with a
1000' parachute cord ( no weak link ) and had a ball. Put a chainsaw motor
on a HG and flew around like a dare devil. Rode the tram up Raccoon Mtn in TN
and flew off in a standard 90 degree nose & no battens and July 4th fireworks
popping along side of us.

Thirty years ago I flew my 3 year old son tandem down a training hill,
around 1983 and he was use to seeing me always land on my feet... but this
time I had the big 12 inch training wheels on the basetube and decided to land
on the wheels. We bumped & rolled about thirty feet and when we stopped he
asked me " are we done crashing yet?" His very first word was "KITE".

I flew my first Jetwing trike on a Fl ight Designs Demon wing and I was the 1st pilot to cross NC non stop on an ultralight. These and hundreds of other experiences you can't duplicate today or ever have a chance to see or do again.

I really do believe in the "good old days".
Would not have wanted to learn to hang glide at any other time either.

TOMMY
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