Selected hang gliding photographs


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Selected hang gliding photographs

In chronological order…

Home-made hang glider in 1978

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

Flying an Airwave Magic 4 in France, 1994

Flying an Airwave Magic 4 in France, 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, France, 1994

Hang gliding in-flight photo

Crossing lake Annecy


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

John Midgely launching in a hang glider in Spain in September 1995

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


Hang gliders: Ultralight Products TRX 160 and Airwave 166 Magic IV
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 climbing by circling in a thermal in the UP TRX 160 over Wroughton on June 21st, 1998

Climbing by circling in a thermal in the UP TRX 160 over Wroughton on June 21st, 1998

Hang gliding at Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales, 2000

Back on the Magic 4 at Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales, August 2000 (digitized slide transparency)

I reverted to the Airwave 166 Magic 4 in 1999 because I preferred its handling qualities and its ease of rigging over those of the UP TRX 160.


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

Over the stone age farm behind the north part of Bell Hill

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 in 2014

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

In-flight hang glider photo

Get me out of here!

I was out in front of the hill at Monk’s Down in June 2015 to gain separation from the crowd of slower paragliders, some of whose shadows are visible here. I caught a thermal low down.

Carpet of green to land on out of a story by Richard Bach

Carpet of green to land on out of a story by Richard Bach, April 2016

Everard at Bell Hill 2016-07-05

Over north Dorset again in July 2016


Hang Gliding & Paragliding magazine cover September-October 2016.

Ringstead on the Dorset ‘Jurassic’ coast 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 trying out my glider also made the cover of Hang gliding and Paragliding.

2017 hang gliding calendar cover photo by Everard Cunion

2017 hang gliding calendar cover photo

I took the 2017 hang gliding calendar cover photo in July 2016. Bell Hill, our primary flying site in north Dorset, is visible on the right in line with the keel tube. The light squiggly line is the track to the top. The light-colored object at the base of the hill is a chalk pit.

Hang gliding at Ringstead

Over the beach at Ringstead in August 2017

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


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


Theo's KitFox wings unfolded by house at Newton Peveril 2019-05-15

Theo and his Kitfox ‘Foxy Lady’

This one is on my page Defying Newton 2; powered ultralight (and similar) operations at Newton Peveril in Dorset, England.