Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 part 1


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Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 part 1

This page contains art based on photos by other photographers. It follows Hang gliding 1989.

Art based on a photo of Terry Reynolds with the TRX in 1991

Terry Reynolds eXperimatal — the TRX in 1991

Terry Reynolds flew C-130s in Vietnam, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses there. In 1991, he created the TRX based on carbon fiber airframe manufacturing by Ultralight Products, whose 1977 Graphite Spyder pioneered the technique. The first TRX weighed only about 60 pounds, but later production models, including mine, weighed 80 pounds.

Terry Reynolds, sailmaker Dick Cheney, and development test pilots Tony Barton and Mitch McAleer contributed to the creation of the TRX. Based near Salt Lake City, Utah, the Ultralight Products factory was ideally placed to use that city’s expertise in carbon fiber R&D. Tony Barton won the 1991 US national championship in the TRX.*

Art based on a photo of Pete Lehmann at Templeton, in eastern USA

Art based on a photo of Pete Lehmann at Templeton, in eastern USA

Art based on a photo of instructor and puionerring hang gliding videographer Paul Hamilton

Art based on a photo of instructor and pioneering hang gliding video maker Paul Hamilton

In this image, pioneering hang glider videographer Paul Hamilton has a rocket-deployed emergency parachute mounted on the front of his harness.

Art based on a photo by Larry Walsh of pioneer pilot and long time editor of Hang Gliding magazine Gil Dodgen in 1991

Art based on a photo by Larry Walsh of pioneer pilot and long time editor of Hang Gliding magazine Gil Dodgen in 1991

Art based on a photo by Mark Vaughn of hang gliding author Dennis Pagen flying a Moyes XS at the 4th annual glide ratio contest at Morningside Flight Park

Art based on a photo by Luc Boucher of Mount Yamaska, Quebec

Art based on a photo by Luc Boucher of Mount Yamaska, Quebec

Art based on a photo by Bob Ormiston of hang gliders soaring Mission Ridge

Art based on a photo by Bob Ormiston of hang gliders soaring Mission Ridge

This image over Mission Ridge looks south to Mission Peak, California.

Art based on a photo of US champ Tony Barton sliding a landing in an Ultralight Products XTR (alloy-frame version of the TRX)

Art based on a photo of US champ Tony Barton sliding a landing in an Ultralight Products XTR (alloy-frame version of the TRX)

Art based on a photo by Dave Freund of Mitch McAleer at Elsinore, California

Art based on a photo by Dave Freund of Mitch McAleer at Elsinore, California

Art based on a photo by Leroy Grannis of a hang glider camera ship and a paraglider at Telluride, Colorado

Art based on a photo by Leroy Grannis of a hang glider camera ship and a paraglider at Telluride, Colorado

Art based on a photo by Jim Kolynich of the ramp at Tegelberg, Germany

Art based on a photo by Jim Kolynich of the ramp at Tegelberg, Germany

Art based on a photo by Tom Sanders of Eves Tall Chief on his 175th flight at Yosemite, California, where he was the senior monitor

Art based on a photo by Tom Sanders of Eves Tall Chief on his 175th flight at Yosemite, California, where he was the senior monitor

Hang gliding in the Yosemite national park is strongly regulated.

Art based on a photo  by Brad Stevens of Steve Wendt flying a Wills Wing Skyhawk at Nags Head, North Carolina

Art based on a photo by Brad Stevens of Steve Wendt flying a Wills Wing Skyhawk at Nags Head, North Carolina

Art based on a photo by Phil Hystek flying Mt. Tam

Art based on a photo by Phil Hystek flying Mt. Tam

As far as I can determine, Phil Hystek pioneered the in-flight camera suspended below the harness. Compare the scenery in this image with that in Bob Ormiston’s Mission Ridge image (farther up the page) looking south to Mission Peak. As I figure it, this is farther up the coast, north of San Francisco, which is visible in the distance.

Advert for the Ultralight Products TRX in Hang Gliding, September 1991

Advert for the Ultralight Products TRX in Hang Gliding, September 1991

Art based on the Moyes XS advert in Hang Gliding, March 1991

Art based on the Moyes XS advert in Hang Gliding, March 1991

Art based on a photo by Ray Matthews of a Pacific Windcraft Vision Puls at Nags Head, North Carolina

Art based on a photo by Ray Matthews of a Pacific Windcraft Vision Pulse at Nags Head, North Carolina

The Vision Pulse succeeded the Vision Mark 4 (Airwave Calypso in Britain) as an ideal first glider. I never flew one, but it was reputedly very light, forgiving of mistakes and easy to handle, while providing good performance.

Internal link

Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 part 2

Source

Dick Cheney, from Oak to Carbon Fiber by John Heiney, Hang Gliding, October 1993.

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