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3 Responses to Chargus of Buckinghamshire, England

  1. Chris Gonzales says:

    That Chargus Midas looks remarkably similar to the Albatross Sails ASG-21 of about the same period. Very pretty gliders.

    • The ASG-21 (by Tom Price) looks more advanced to me in that it had an airfoil stand-up keel pocket instead of the (slightly) curved keel tube of the Midas. The ASG-21’s tips were aerodynamically cleaner too. While I have no reason to doubt that the Midas was an original design by top British pilot Martin Farnham, most British wings were copies of American designs. Indeed, the later Midas Super-E bore an uncanny resemblance to the UP Spyder. (See the third link in the preceding list.) However, in late 1976, British genius Miles Handley unveiled his bowsprit-rigged double-surface Gryphon. Thoroughly original and of unmatched performance among contemporary flex-wings. See Hang gliding 1976 part 1.

      • Chris Gonzales says:

        Fairly sure it was a Gryphon we flew with one day in the late 70’s. Something I never expected to see outside of the magazine, and certainly not in Vermont.

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