SITE RECORD BROKEN!!!

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Re: SITE RECORD BROKEN!!!

Postby Rick Masters » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:56 pm

After the Iron Curtain fell in the 1980s, I invited one of my hang gliding penpal friends from Czechoslavokia to spend the summer with me in the USA.
Without access to aluminum tubing, I was amazed to discover that these incredible free-flight enthusiasts had used lengths of steel pipe and spent weeks drilling hundreds or maybe thousands of little holes to lighten each section.
The sails were plastic and these heavy homebuilt gliders would actually get off the ground and fly if one could run fast enough.
So for the next Dockweiler Ironman, I've asked Frantisek to bring one of these old gliders over for BobK to make 100+ launches with!
This will be the first true "Dockweiler Ironman."
I'm sure BobK is up to it.
I sure as hell am not.     :lol:
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Re: SITE RECORD BROKEN!!!

Postby wingspan33 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:13 pm

:shock: HGs with steel tubing? :!: :!: :!: Yikes!

Yea, maybe Bob could be a real Dockweiler Ironman! :thumbup:

But the big question would be, after he launches, would he soar, or just BE sore? :mrgreen:
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Re: SITE RECORD BROKEN!!!

Postby Frank Colver » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:05 pm

Back in the day, here in SoCal, there was a guy who built two Rogallos out of galv steel conduit and poly plastic. I actually saw him fly those.

He maintained that he had spent a total of $15 building the pair. I never figured out why he didn't just build one for $7.50. ;)

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Re: SITE RECORD BROKEN!!!

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:39 am

Frank Colver wrote:He maintained that he had spent a total of $15 building the pair. I never figured out why he didn't just build one for $7.50.

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