- Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:23 am #406218
If anyone is up for it.... definitely have the technology now to document all this stuff in a TIMELINE format via the Wordpress system. Any Volunteers?
H4, AT, FL, TFL, AWCL, CL, FSL, RLF, TUR, X-C
jlatorre wrote: ↑Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:32 pmA great discussion, and thankfully devoid of the acrimony that dominated the "origins" question on the old Hang Gliding
Nobody questioned the fact that surfing had been going on before that ... it had been practiced by Polynesian cultures since before their contact with Europeans ... but it was his design that allowed the sport to really develop into an industry with clubs, dealers, manufacturers, schools, and organized competitions, as Dickenson's wing allowed hang gliding to develop into an industry with clubs, dealers, manufacturers, schools, and organized competitions (of which the Lilienthal meet was the first, as Frank noted).
Well said, JB. I never meant to downplay the efforts of all those pioneers that put a lot of effort into figuring out how to make and fly these contraptions. It's impossible to say with certainty just what marked the advent of the "modern sport of hang gliding," because it depends so much on what one's definitions of "modern" and "sport" and even "hang gliding" are.
Well, I remember test flying a new glider or two ... fresh from a factory where they didn't do production test-flying ... when I worked as an instructor at Econ-O-Flight. I had sold them to my students, and we wouldn't let a student fly it before one of us did.
I saw you flying that at Escape Country. Probably 1973ish.USHPA7 wrote: ↑Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:45 amIn 1971, inspired by Richard Miller's Conduit Condor I designed and built my Skysail, commonly referred to as the "Colver Skysail". I started the build in November 1971 and completed it in January 1972. First time out on a hill, Jan 22, 1972.
Oops - for some reason I can't upload any photos now. sg, help!
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