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|Pre-modern hang gliders (prior to Sir George Cayley)|
|Cayley hang gliders|
|James Walker hang gliders|
|Otto Lilienthal hang gliders|
|Octave Chanute hang gliders|
|Captain Ferber Les Travaux du Capitaine Ferdinand Ferber|
|Pilcher hang gliders|
|James Means hang gliders|
|Whitehead hang gliders|
|Breslau hang glider|
|Beeson hang gliders|
|Willi Pelzner hang gliders|
|Wright hang gliders|
|Bates hang gliders|
|Volmer Jensen hang gliders VJ-11 VJ-23|
|Bi-plane hang gliders|
|Richard Miller hang gliders Bamboo Butterfly ? , Jib-sailed Rogallo, Conduit Condor, Thistledown, ...|
|Rogallo hang gliders | rogallohanggliders ||
|Four-boom bi-sailed hang gliders|
|Three-boom bowsprit hang gliders|
|Rigid-wing hang gliders|
|Lilienthal hang gliders|
|Gliding kite-system hang gliders|
|Gliding-parachute hang gliders|
Airplane, Take-Off, Maneuvering, Flight, and Landing
TCFs involved. Power-off: hang glider.
|1962 Flexible Paraglider Wing Research and Development.
Film Serial L-751
Involving Mercury capsule. Also film shows the standard 4-boom hang
glider manned in tow and release.
"Paraglider" was sometimes used in NASA instead of kite hang glider.
|Note: Without prejudice to earlier teachings on the
triangle control frame for gliders, we at least choose the show at a sport
hang glider meet in Breslau in 1908 on a battened flexible wing hang
glider foot-launched ... as a teaching point, knowing that the triangle
was used earlier than 1908 for positioning pilot payload in hang gliders
and powered hang gliders and ultralights. Such public domain art makes
silly anyone later trying to be global mechanical inventor for such
Note: John Worth well rehearsed the standard 4-boom hang glider with that simple triangle control frame; but he was not the inventor of such; and more rightly he did not claim to be the inventor of such. Unjustly, revisionists would try to claim invention for such triangle control frame. Rather, the triangle control frame became from early 1900s one of the most ubiquitous structures in aviation as it morphed into the standard undercarriage for powered aircraft. Hang gliders used the art even in 1800s; look to Wenham and Pilcher, for a couple. But starkly: W. Simon in 1908 in a sport hang glider meet had configuration "protected by law" using the standard triangle control frame for foot-launch hang gliding with a bi-lobe with some shape-keeping battens in the sail. While in public domain, some would try in 1963 and following to grab "invention" rights over the mechanicals that already belonged to the human family; shame on such grab; the orgs falling for such untenable text owe it to the hang gliding community to correct the matter.
A river or strand of influence other than Rogallo and NASA was occurring in Wanner-Gilbert-Effinger: ""While at Gilbert, Effinger collaborated with Henry Struck joined to develop the first ready-to-fly gas powered Flex-Wing airplane model. The patent rights for the Wanner Wing (also known as the NASA Rogallo Wing) were purchased by Gilbert and 200,000 Wing-Thing kits were produced using this concept. All modern parachutes and hang gliders stem from these patents. Bill Effinger shared a lot of joy and drive with A. C. Gilbert and created very high quality airplanes that are still desirable today." Source.
Centuries ? to present:
People of Japan on island of Shikoku for
Tosa Dako kite,
precursor to 4-boom Rogallo-related hang gliders.
knows exactly when the Tosa was invented, but Shimamura said it is at
least 200 years old, and probably derived from kites imported from Kyushu
as early as the 17th century, such as the Nagasaki hata."
We await awareness for similar precursors in the early kites of China and
|Paresev hang gliders using the standard Rogallo 4-boom hang glider wing.|
|Tony Prentice hang gliders|
|Domina C. Jalbert hang gliders|
|David Barish hang gliders|
|Horten Brothers hang gliders|
|Klaus Hill hang gliders|
|Eipper-Formance hang gliders : Flexi-Flyer, Quicksilver,|
|Bob Lovejoy hang gliders: Quicksilver. High-Tailer. Tail-less Biplane (LIFE mag photo archive).|
Moyes hang gliders
|Casellas hang gliders|
|Triplane hang gliders|
|Quadruplane hang gliders|
|Standard Rogallo hang gliders:|
|Palmer hang gliders (7 or 8 distinct hang gliders)|
|Purcell hang gliders|
|Hobson hang gliders|
|Girard hang gliders|
|Cecil E. Craigo hang gliders|
|Hand hang gliders|
|Osoba hang gliders|
|Colver Sailwing hang gliders|
|Omega hang gliders|
|Wilbur Green kite hang gliders, Gayla|
|Dorsette A. Davison hang gliders|
|George D. Wanner hang gliders|
|Wilbur Green kite-hang gliders|
|Lee & Darrah hang gliders|
|Platz hang gliders|
|Tibado hang gliders|
|Sleeman hang gliders|
|Richards hang gliders|
|Craigo hang gliders|
|Croom hang gliders|
|Dick Cheney hang gliders|
|Mark Smith hang glider|
|GERFAUT Gyrfalcon by Sedpa|
|Duck by Everard|
|Attack Duck by Wills Wing|
|Axis by UP Ultralight Products|
MOUETTE (the seagull) hang gliders
Windcraft Esprit See photo of John LaTorre flying it.
Here's a picture of me flying a Pacific Windcraft Esprit (a specially built "Trike" model
which never saw production) at Marina Beach, sharing the ridge with some
|Trampenau hang gliders|
|Hang Loose by Jack Lambie. Plans sold. Many articles.
Photo1 with designer Jack Lambie | Photo2 |
|Great variety of NASA hang gliders at all levels of stiffening of the Rogallo Wing.|
|Midi by Synairgie|
|Hill hang gliders|
|Wills Wing hang gliders Falcon 3. http://www.delta-club-82.com/bible/f4-wills-wing.htm | http://www.willswing.com/index.asp|
|Dietch hang gliders|
|Riggs hang gliders|
|Poynter hang gliders|
|Charles E. Libbey|
|Joseph L. Johnson|
|Harvey A. Sellers|
|Alan F. Cummings|
|George M. Ware|
|Rodger L. Naeseth|
|Paul G. Fournier|
|Robert H. Moore|
|David L. Eichblatt|
|Theodore F. Hughes|
|W. C. Buhler|
|E. M. Linhart|
|Harry Edwin Rollins|
|Daniel C. Kurkjian|
|John Dale Sutliff|
|Harry A. James|
|Koman hang gliders|
|William "Bill" Liscomb|
|Michael A. Markowski|
|Michael D. Falarski|
|Kenneth W. Mort|
|W. M. Gran|
|J. H. Moeller|
|L. T. Parson|
|Harry L. Morgan, Jr.|
|Blair B. Gloss|
|Charles F. Bradshaw|
|G. Kimball Miller, Jr.|
|A. L. Lee|
|S. B. Spangler|
|Austin D. McHatton|
|Paul M . Kenner|
|Frederic T. Churchill|
|Ralph B. Holt|
|Dave Cronk hang gliders|
|David E. Moomaw|
|Geoff McBroom McBroom Arion. McBroom Cobra.|
|Chargus Midas E. Chargus Vortex. Chargus Cyclone 165 Mk 1.|
|Robert Gilbert Wheeler|
|Paul Richard Treleaven|
|Eric Stephen Treleaven|
|Gary John Lyons|
|Stephen Lennox Hague "Steve"|
|Drew Wilfrid Jones|
|Hiway Rogallo. Hiway Super Scorpion Mk 10G.|
|Stephen C. Murray|
|Thomas C. Searle|
|Burns hang gliders|
|Bennett hang gliders|
|Lambie hang gliders|
|Montgomery hang gliders|
|Bean hang gliders|
|Kiceniuk hang gliders|
|Haggard hang gliders|
|Boone hang gliders|
|Lovejoy hang gliders|
|Valkyrie by Bill Wolf|
|Bamboo Butterfly ... see Richard Miller and Jim Foreman in Timeline|
|Batso by Taras Kiceniuk, Jr. and team|
|Ski Plane by Mike Burns, 1962-3|
|Rogallo Hang Glider by James Hobson, 1962|
|Fledge or Fledgling of Manta Products Fledge 2 Owner's manual|
|North Wing hang gliders | Website ||
|Aar by Zetka|
|Ace by Solar Wings|
|Adler by Bicla|
|Aero by Enterprise Wings|
|Agur by Agur Gliders|
|Aiglon by Danis|
|Finsterwalder : Airfex.|
|Aladelta by Oscar Serrat|
|Albatros by Favul|
|Alfa by Vega|
|Alpha by Eole 2000|
|Alpha 3 by Eole 2000|
|Alpha Pro by Pro-Delta|
|Alpin 2 by Pacific Gull Bleidiesel|
|Alto by Noin|
|Avian Hang Gliders : Amour.|
|Aolus by Spectra Aircraft|
|Apex by Danny Howell|
|Arrow by Delta Fulmar|
|Albatross Sails : Asg 21. Asg 23.|
|Asw Flash by Scherer|
|La Mouette: Atlas.|
|A.I.R -Aeronautic Innovation Rühle- Atos. Atos C. Atos V. Atos Vq. Atos Vq11t. Atos Vr. Atos Vr 190 Bi Place. Atos Vr11. Atos Vrq 2009. Atos Vrs. Atos Vs. Atos Vx. Atos 10.|
|Seedwings hang glider by Robert Trampenau|
|Seagull Aircraft hang gliders Seagull 1. Seagull 2. Seagull 3. Seagull 4. Seagull 5. Seagull Ten Meter. Waterman-Seagull Flyer. Meter 80. Seahawk. Sierra. Sailwing. Seagull 7. Mike Riggs. Michael Riggs. Bob Keeler.|
|Error of date in Kiting by Poynter. Not 1962, but 1963, for the JD start. JD verified 1963. Dan Poynter published in 1974, and wrote for JD : "read up on NASA reports" on page 47, "father of kiting" in some circles. "put down his flat kite and tried a Rogallo."|
|John Dale Sutliff|
|Dial Soap by Mike Koman and Joe Faust|
|Porta-Wing by Whitney Enterprises
Eddie Paul Whitney Now: EPI or Eddie Paul
Man-Flight Magazine Photo3
|Water-sports kite-gliders JD: "when I saw a picture of the Ryan research aircraft, which was illustrated in the booklet you sent me." "I then endeavored to adapt this wing shape to lift a water skier." Letter of Nov. 24, 1964, to Rogallo. [[Even though the whole in one combination up to mechanical arts was in public domain prior to his craft, he tried a silly process to be "inventor" of modern hang glider; his loving friend passionately pushed that unearned title into some gullible orgs' statements. He had zero global mechanical invention in what he tinkered up, yet he had some good social effect in furthering kiting in Australia over the waters. The bullied unmerited tag remains an injury to aviation invention culture, possibly causing a loss of the glance of those who would invent for hang glider world. Lifting water skiers by towed wing was old hat matter. John Worth already revealed the fullness of the public domain system years before the tinkerer started. James Hobson had the fullness of the mechanics in a well published "Rogallo Hang Glider" a full year before JD revealed. Keeping the invention reality straight now becomes a hard challenge for the uncritical participant. ~JpF, 2013]]|
|Brock hang gliders|
|Electra Flyer hang gliders|
|Fred Landgraf US3361388|
|John P. P. Flynn when power is off|
|Skyhook Gipsy (?spell)|
|Disposable hang gliders|
|Airwave Kiss 154. Airwave UP Comet 165.|
|Hang gliders from kite world (falling massed kited anchors/payloads)|
|Hang gliders in niche commercial applications|
|Hang gliders with auxiliary power systems|
|Gliding-canopy hang gliders (Rogallo evolutes, Jalbert evolutes, Barish evolutes, play-sail evolutes, parachute evolutes)|
|Hang gliders for payload of two or more persons|
|Hang gliders for remote-control flying|
|Hang gliders for heavy payloads, usually not human payload|
|Hang gliders equipped with energy-production systems|
|Hang gliders modified for stark wing running|
|Inflatable hang gliders|
|Tailed hang gliders|
|Tail-less hang gliders|
|Hang gliders of the Flutag scene|
|Liste des ailes de deltaplane Some photos, comments, and manuals Excellent resource, yet incomplete. Help.|
|All the hang gliders flown by Bill Armstrong | Study ||
|Hang glider flight aspects, parameters, measures|
|Hang gliders with n wings its wing set. Let n be any positive integer.|
|Hang gliders of 1900 or before
Hang gliders of 1901
Hang gliders of 1903
Etc. ...for each year where hang gliders were made or described.
|Fantasy hang gliders|
|Hang gliders depicted in art|
|Potential hang gliders|
|Futuristic hang gliders|
|Hang gliders who have contributed notes to the Hang Glider Museum:
Bill Cummings, Sam Kellner, Joe Faust,
Some of the manufacturers: http://www.delta-club-82.com/bible/chercher-fabricant.htm Many are missing from the list. Omega Hang Gliders of Santa Monica, California, Los Angeles, and Venice, California is one of the missed manufacturers. Aerostructures by Mike Burns is missing.
Maybe daily change the cover photo.... enough of that guy savoring.
Here is one you might use of a ground skim hang gliding: Photo2
my Hang Loose flight
Or my Seagull II flight at Torrance?
Or my Seagull III from back cover of Hang Gliding?
Or my son from LIFE on earliest Lovejoy tail-less biplane?
Or my wife's flight on first Quicksilver.
Dial Soap flight?
Corral Canyon Quicksilver editorial flight?
Bennett-Boone editorial flight ?
Icarus I flight and fold-up or aftermath, anyone?
Star News, Santa Monica berm soaring of Icarus II mod ?
Son's cover of two-boom hang glider flight?
Wife's Escape Country Seagull flight?
Broken-arm splinted from crash in hang glider?
Broken-neck from canopy paraglider hang glider flight (no photos avail.)
Jib-sail Rogallo of Miller-Carmichael make ... flight in San Clemente.
Ground skim in Colver SkySail
Cronk Kite built by Art Bean ... flight in meet in northern California
Pre-Dial proto in desert off small hill (no photo known). Koman and I and others.
Rattan-biplane hang glider
Eipper editorial test flight
Falcon 3 flight
Falcon 2 flight
Recommend: Bill Armstrong
I believe his log book shows flight in over 100 modes of full-sized piloted hang gliders.
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