Selected hang gliding photographs


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Selected hang gliding photographs

Photo of an early hang glider ground skimming

One of my home-made hang gliders in 1978

Hang glider preparing to Launch at Mala, Lanzarote, 1989

Preparing to Launch a Mouette Atlas at Mala, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, 1989

Tony W. flying in Lanzarote, January or February 1989

Tony W. the instructor gaining height immediately after launching at Macher, Lanzarote, in January or February 1989


Hang glider: Hiway/Pacific Windcraft Vision (mark 1)
Harness: Modified and strengthened 1970s stirrup type
In-flight camera: Compact 35 millimetre film

Flying across the Norfolk flatlands by circling in a thermal in 1991

Flying across the Norfolk flatlands by circling in a thermal during a competition in 1991

This photo was taken with a squeeze bulb shutter release. The black wiggly line is the squeeze bulb air-line taped to the side flying wire.


Hang glider: Airwave 166 Magic IV
Harness: Modified and strengthened 1970s stirrup type
In-flight camera: Compact 35 millimetre film

Hang glider in-flight photo

Flying my Airwave Magic 4 in France, in 1994

We travelled to several hang gliding sites in France 50 years after D-Day. The camera took one exposure every minute automatically.

In-flight hang gliding photo

St. Hilaire in France, 1994

Hang gliding in-flight photo

Crossing lake Annecy


Hang glider: Aerial Arts Clubman
Ground camera: Compact 35 millimetre film

Photo of hang glider launching

I took this photo of John M. launching at Ager in northern Spain using slide (transparency) film in September 1995.


Hang glider: Ultralight Product TRX 160
Harness: Solar Wings Edge 2
In-flight camera: Compact 35 millimetre film
Ground camera: 35 millimetre film SLR

Famara LZ in December, 1995

Famara LZ, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, in December 1995

My UP TRX 160 is partly de-rigged at far right, only partly in view, nearest the camera. The TRX has an airframe made mostly of carbon fibre.

Hang glider in-flight photo

Flying the UP TRX at Wroughton or Kemble in June 1998


Hang glider: Aeros Discus 148
Harness: Solar Wings Edge 2
In-flight camera: Compact 35 millimetre film

In-flight hang glider photo

Over-banking at Monk’s Down, near Shaftsbury, Dorset, England, in 2005


Hang glider: Airborne 154 Sting 3
Harness: Aeros Myth 2
In-flight camera: GoPro

Wing-mounted camera view from airborne hang glider

On my way from Bell Hill, north Dorset, to the coast in August 2011

Bell Hill, August 31st, 2012

Bell Hill, August 31st, 2012

Advert for the 2014 USHPA hang gliding calendar

Advert for the 2014 USHPA hang gliding calendar. Photo taken at Ringstead in 2013.


Hang glider: Wills Wing 160 U-2
Ground camera: Fuji FinePix

Hang glider and bird in flight

Steve W following nature’s example at Bell Hill in July 2014


Hang glider: Wills Wing 145 U-2
Harness: Aeros Myth 2
In-flight camera: GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
Ground camera: Fuji FinePix HS 50 EXR

Hang glider in-flight photo

Over north Dorset in May 2015

Air-to-air hang glider photo

Air-to-air at Ringstead in July 2015

Everard at Bell Hill 2016-07-05

At Bell Hill in July 2016


Hang Gliding & Paragliding magazine cover September-October 2016.

Ringstead in 2016

Hang gliding and Paragliding (formerly Low and Slow, renamed Ground Skimmer, then Hang Gliding) is the world’s foremost hang gliding periodical. It was subsequently renamed USHPA Pilot.

British champion Grant C flying a Wills Wing 145 U-2 at Ringstead in Dorset, England

British champion Grant C. trying out my wing at Ringstead in early August 2016

The photo taken with Grant C aboard also made the cover of Hang gliding and Paragliding.

Hang gliding at Ringstead

Over the beach at Ringstead in August 2017

Notice the shadow of the camera on the undersurface of the sail.


Ground camera: Fuji FinePix HS 50 EXR

Carrying a hang glider to the launch area at Ringstead in Dorset, England

Rob D and Rob S carrying a hang glider to the launch area at Ringstead in late July, 2018

Hang glider in flight

Gary D eking out the lift in a vintage Hiway Superscorpion 2, made in about 1981, at Monk’s Down in October 2018