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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.

Roy Haggard flares the prototype Dragonfly. Photo by W.A. Allen.

Roy Haggard flares the prototype Dragonfly. Photo by W.A. Allen. (No larger image available.)

SBD5s at the Douglas factory in El Segundo

SBD5s at the Douglas factory in El Segundo

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.”

Related

Birdman of Wiltshire, England

External links

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, age 12, at Escape Country, California, April 12th, 1975

Hall Brock, age 12, at Escape Country, California, April 12th, 1975 (screenshot, no larger image available)

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

Reference

Neil Larson in U.S. Hawks

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