Ultralight Products of California and Utah
Remember we are talking about the whole Hippie culture, Hollywood empire, Underground Surfer Counter-culture & the US Space Race Military Complex all rolled into one dot on the globe of earth….
— Neil Larson (*)
This related topics menu links to material in the main hang gliding pages. The links here are in chronological order.
- Emergency parachute in Hang gliding equipment for a photo of Roy Haggard in 1971
- Brock in Hang gliding 1973
- UP is where it’s at in Hang gliding 1974 part 1
- Winter escape: The 1974 U.S. nationals in Hang gliding 1974 part 2 for Roy Haggard and the prototype Dragonfly
- Dragonfly in Hang gliding 1975 part 2
- Developments Stateside in Hang gliding 1976 part 2 for the Dragonfly mark 2
- Super-E and Spyder in Hang gliding 1977
- State of the art in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 1 for the Condor
- Developments 1978-9 in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 2 for the UP Mosquito
- American revolution in Hang gliding 1978 and 1979 part 3 for a new development
- Arrow in Hang gliding early 1980s part 1: The UP Arrow designed by Eric Raymond
- Lightnings, Comet clones and pod people in Hang gliding early 1980s part 1
- Reynolds’ number in Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 for the UP TRX
- Assortment in Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 including more UP gliders
- Cultural collision in My flying 1998 and 1999 for my warbird TRX 160 with pre- World War 2 US stars added
Ultralight Products was not the first aircraft manufacturer in El Segundo. More than thirty years before, Douglas SBDs were built there and, in 1942, inflicted what military historian John Keegan described as “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.”
Birdman of Wiltshire, England
Photo by Don Liddard of several gliders in the the landing field at the British championship competition at Mere, Wiltshire, in August 1975, in which you can compare the shape of the Wasp Nova with that of the UP Dragonfly
Photo by Roger Middleton of Ken Messenger of Birdman flying an Ultralight Products Dragonfly at Mere, Wiltshire, England, in August 1975
Wind Drifter, Richard Cobb’s web site. For his comprehensive Ultralight Products Mosquito page, click the Mosquito link in the second paragraph under About Wind Drifter.
Big Blue Sky video external links
Theses are links to Big Blue Sky — The history of modern hang gliding – the first extreme sport!, 2008, documentary by Bill Liscomb on YouTube:
- Pete Brock describes how he started: Big Blue Sky starting at 25 minutes 10 seconds
- Roy Haggard: Big Blue Sky starting at 43 minutes 13 seconds, narrated by Bill Liscomb, Pete Brock, and Tom Price
Other video external links
Hall Brock: World Hang Gliding Championships (1975) at Escape Country, California, April 12, 1975 — video on YouTube starting at 1 minute 8 seconds. A very short clip of the 12-year-old Hall launching.
Hall Brock (more): Hang Gliding Worlds 1975 Escape Country California video on cdnskydog’s YouTube channel starting at 2 minutes 49 seconds for Hall launching, flying, and landing. Although the on-screen text states that he was nine years old, my understanding is that was when he started hang gliding. At this time he was 12 years old.
Pete Brock teaches Francis Rogallo to fly the invention that bears his name at Torrance beach in the early 1970s: Playground in the Sky, 1977, by Carl Boenish on YouTube (low resolution) starting at 40 minutes 29 seconds
Peter Brock’s Hang Glider Transporter VW Bus – Jay Leno’s Garage video on YouTube