Hang Gliding Then and Now

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Hang Gliding Then and Now

Postby wingspan33 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:50 pm

I started hang gliding back in 1975 and it is amazing how the sport has advanced. My first glider had a 4 to 1 glide ratio (4 feet forward to one foot drop) and my current hang glider has a maximum glide ratio of 15 to 1. That's close to 3 quarters of the glide ratio of beginner/training sailplanes! And there are rigid wing hang gliders that have better glide ratios than 20 to 1. :thumbup:

The very latest "delta wing" hang glider is close to or above 16 to 1 glide ratio. Heck, check out the Wills Wing T3 at < https://www.willswing.com/t3/ > Does that not look like a real airplane wing? Hard to say no.

And if you are just beginning, the hang gliders are still much better than those around when I began. And MUCH safer too! I just love the WW Alpha. < https://www.willswing.com/alpha/ > It's the perfect glider for someone just starting out.

With all my refection on the past and present of hang gliding technology, do any of you guys have something you'd like to add? There have to be many stories to tell about the Then and Now of hang gliding.
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Re: Hang Gliding Then and Now

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:01 pm

wingspan33 wrote:I started hang gliding back in 1975 and it is amazing how the sport has advanced.

I was pretty much a "then and now" pilot with my first hang gliding flights in 1978 and then a long gap (mostly flying airplanes and seaplanes) until coming back into the sport at the end of 2003.

I may have been lucky to miss many of those particularly dangerous years in between.
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