Hang gliding 1990 to 1993 part 1
This page contains art based on photos by other photographers. It follows Hang gliding 1989.
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.*
In this image, pioneering hang glider videographer Paul Hamilton has a rocket-deployed emergency parachute mounted on the front of his harness.
This image over Mission Ridge looks south to Mission Peak, California.
Hang gliding in the Yosemite national park is strongly regulated.
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.
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.
Dick Cheney, from Oak to Carbon Fiber by John Heiney, Hang Gliding, October 1993.