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Hang gliding 2020

Cameras: Fuji FinePix HS 50 EXR and Fuji X100F

This page continues from Hang gliding 2018 part 2. (I have nothing for 2019.)

I took these photos at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020.

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Greenery

The glider here is a Moyes (Australia) Litespeed RX3.

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Greeny-bluery

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Bluery

Close-up of pilot of hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Pilot in command


Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Freedom in Wiltshire

And this is a light-weight single surface (exposed cross-tubes) Freedom made by North Wing of Chelan, Washington State, USA. In the variable conditions at this site on this day, with sink and patchy lift, the highly maneuverable Freedom outperformed even the rigid wings most of the time.


Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

On Target

The red streamer on this Aeros (Ukraine) Target indicates that the pilot has fewer than ten hours air time.


Paraglider and hang glider at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Paraglider and hang glider maneuver around each other

Paraglider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Paraglider

Conditions became too strong for paragliding later in the afternoon


Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Luisa turning immediately after launch

Hang gliders flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

In company of a rigid wing

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Luisa concentrating

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Luisa shows the boys how it is done


Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Hamish above the Wiltshire countryside

Hamish and Tim were among several flying rigid hang gliders. Unlike flex-wings, rigids use conventional control surfaces for turn control, relying on weight-shift only for pitch control.

Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Wills Wing U-2 flex-wing hang glider


Hang glider flying at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020

Tim on approach to landing

Tim has the trailing edge flaps lowered. They increase the camber of the wing, which increases both lift and drag. The result is slower airspeed and a steeper approach, which is easier to judge and it reduces the risk of over-shooting the chosen landing spot.