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Defying Newton 2

This page follows Defying Newton and it also documents powered ultralight (and similar) operations at Newton Peveril in Dorset, England.

Theo's Kitfox 'Foxy Lady' with wings folded

Theo’s Kitfox ‘Foxy Lady’ with wings folded

I took these photos in mid-May, 2019, on a sunny day with a chilly easterly breeze. If you travel a quiet country lane on such a day, be alert to a sensation of time shifting backwards — or perhaps sideways to a ‘vintage’ parallel dimension — and when you sense it, watch for a brightly painted aircraft, possibly with one or both wings folded, shaded by trees beside a dirt track leading to a brick country home.

Wings spread and auxiliary electric power on

Wings spread and auxiliary (solar array) electric power on

Theo started with a Wasp 229-B3 standard Rogallo hang glider, moving on to the 1975 Birdman Firebird, then the 1977 space-age looking Birdman Moonraker. He then side-tracked to powered flight.

Simon G changing engine oil

Simon G changing engine oil

Simon, another hang glider pilot from the early days, flew this slick machine later in the afternoon.


Tim lifts off in his Kitfox

Tim lifts off in his Kitfox

Tim’s Kitfox is the type with extra span and under-cambered wings enabling shorter take-off and landing rolls and slower flight.

Tim is a musician and organ repairman

Tim is a musician and organ repairman

Taxying in

Taxying in


Gary with the red trike

Gary with the red trike

Gary cut his head (somehow) when crawling under a wing that we both failed to rig because of an inadequately repaired batten pocket. Fortunately, he had a second aircraft ready, so he carried on with maintenance work needed on that and consequent check flight.

Gary inspects his wing

Gary inspects his wing

Gary taxying and checking on a fuel leak

Gary taxying and checking on a fuel leak

Gary encounters the turbulence and sink prevalent on final approach this day

Gary encounters the turbulence and sink prevalent on final approach this day

Touch down

Touch down

The pilots experienced moderate turbulence and sink on final approach where the wind curled around and over the trees that border the airstrip.