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Re: HUSH table of contents

Postby JoeF » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:23 pm

The video we studied as a kind of stark "first" for us in early org. Early 1970s.
The film showed a definite vertical luffing dive for a very long vertical distance.
Soooo, if the film was not of Ed Gardia, then the it was of someone else.
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Re: HUSH table of contents

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:14 pm

A John Lake "Sail Feather" would have saved the guy's (whoever he was) life. Positive dive recovery for "standard" Rogollos. :thumbup:

After I did tests with a scale 10' model standard Rogollo I never flew my Eipper without one.

After seeing it on my Eipper FlexiFloater, Paul MacCready said he considered it the most important safety improvement in Rogollo type gliders.

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Re: HUSH table of contents

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:10 pm

I think it was John Lake, in the early days, who was kind of astounded to see hang glider pilots 360 into the hill for lift.
He had some sailplane experience, I think, and they NEVER did that.
They'd do figure-8s. Never straight in.
So HG was breaking new ground, right off the bat.
Literally and figuratively speaking.
Me, I never thought anything of it.
A 360 was just a bunch of 90-degree turns linked together.
I couldn't care less what sailplanes did.
They were always saying we were crazy but they were killing themselves, too.
Learned about John saying that after I'd accumulated around 3000 GSD XC miles.
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Re: HUSH table of contents

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:24 pm

I came within a hair's breadth of hitting the mountain below Soboba doing that. Had to crank the 360 extremely tight in the back half to avoid. :o

Hmm....it feels good to be 82 all of a sudden!

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