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Hang gliding drawings

Hang glider in flight, drawn on 5th April, 1995

Hang glider in flight, drawn on April 5th, 1995

Everard's drawting of a hang glider on 7 April 1995

Coming at you


Photocopy of a painting (at Kimmeridge) about 1976

Photocopy of a painting (at Kimmeridge) about 1976

I no longer have the original painting from which this photocopy was made. As best as I recall, it had a plain light blue sail and I saw it on one of the rare visits to Kimmeridge by the Birdman (of Wiltshire) team in early or mid 1977. The ‘radialized’ tip battens and that there are three battens each side, indicate that it is likely a development of the late model Firebird, but one that pre-dated the Firebird S with its larger number of chord-wise battens equally spaced across the span. See Firebird under External links for more.

Everard's drawting of a hang glider on 7 April 1995

Looking up


Planform evolution

I have no record of when I drew these images and I cannot be sure of their accuracy, but I believe them to be about right.

Skyhook IIIA of 1974

My first hang glider: The Skyhook IIIA of 1974

Manta Fledgling II of about 1975

Manta Fledgling II of about 1975

The Manta Fledgling was a ‘semi rigid’, which actually means a rigid wing using drag rudders for turn control, but made of aluminium tube, polyester sailcloth, and steel cables, much as flexwings are made. Although its wing was efficient, all the extra cables that held it together generated much drag, so its performance advantage over the top flexwings of the time was not huge. In addition, it was more difficult to transport and more complex than a flexwing.

Copy of a Wills Wing Swallowtail, 1975

Copy of a Wills Wing Swallowtail, 1975

Wills Wing Super Swallowtail 100 of 1976

Wills Wing Super Swallowtail 100 of 1976

Hiway Super Scorpion of 1978

Hiway Super Scorpion of 1978

The Super Scorpion, made by Hiway of Abergavenny, Wales, was said to be based on the Moyes (Australia) Maxi.

Southdown Sailwings 11 metre (span) Sigma

Southdown Sailwings 11 metre (span) Sigma of 1979

Note that the Southdown Sailwings Sigma has a very wide nose angle. Instead of crosstubes to brace the leading edges, it uses a bowsprit and cables.

Ultralight Products Comet of 1979

Ultralight Products Comet of 1979

As mentioned earlier, the Comet was not the first flexwing hang glider to enclose its crosstubes inside the sail. However, it is not much of an exaggeration to say that the UP Comet’s blend of performance, simplicity, and handling rendered all other hang gliders scrap when it appeared in 1979.

Generic double surface flexwing, as far as I can determine

Generic double surface flexwing, as far as I can determine

External links

Chronology in History of hang gliding

Firebird in Birdman and Solar Wings of Wiltshire, England on Hang Gliding History

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