This wing has always impressed me. O to have one!
Jeb Corliss my hero was recently hurt but is due out of the hospital Friday. This past Tuesday he released comprehensive video of the accident that broke both his legs and came within feet of taking his life when he clipped a rock formation at roughly 180 mph. The accident happened last month while Corliss was filming a jump for a TV documentary at Table Mountain in South Africa. Corliss cleared the rock formation with his upper body, but his legs hit. The contact significantly changed Corliss' trajectory causing him to nearly tumble but he quickly recovered and deployed his parachute. Multiple cameras placed on the ground, on a trailing wingsuiter and on Corliss himself captured the flight and the impact. Click through for video.
Just a nice little movie from Fellow Hang Glider Pilot Aaron out west. Aaron is one of the top rated acro pilots in the world. When there is no lift and you have the altitude there is nothing else to do but cut it up a little! Great music and watching his son after he lands is priceless and shows the future of our youth.Posted By: Cliff Whitney @ 7:08:58 AM
I first met Neal Goss when I was the owner of a Hang Gliding shop Sequatchie Valley Soaring in Dunlap TN. Neal was a regular to our flight park and I thought you would all enjoy reading about him. Click here to read a little more about this Young man now flying in FL.
Ever felt like someone was on your back or following you around! Pat Gaines actually felt sorry for the red-tailed hawks at Bonny Lake State Park this summer. Despite their aggressive reputation, loud screams and fierce, piercing looks, the red-tailed hawks at the park north of Burlington, just west of the Colorado-Kansas border, were being bullied when Gaines saw them.
As many of you know I am a big fan of all forms of aviation but especially free or gliding. For years I was the owner of Sequatchie Valley Soaring Supply (Hang Gliding). We were located in Dunlap TN and I enjoyed flying and living there. I learned to Fly Hang Gliders in Boone NC after reading an article in Popular Mechanics while in High School. Our ability to fly these fancy wings was borne out of one mans (along with his wife) invention of the flexible wing glider.
Francis Rogallo, was the man, the inventor of the flexible wing glider. Sadly he died September 1 at his home near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Francis and his wife, Gertrude Rogallo, invented the flexible or what we all called the Rogallo wing in 1948 with material from Gertrude’s kitchen curtains. The airfoil, which was tested using a homemade wind tunnel consisted of a cardboard box and a window fan eventually led to the development of the hang glider, paraglider, ultralights (light-sport aircraft), sport parachutes, delta kites, stunt kites, parafoil kites, sport parachutes, and kiteboarding kites.
At the outset of the space race, the Rogallo’s donated their wing patent to the government (donated) and NASA began a series of experiments testing the Parawing (renamed by NASA). The wing was tested at altitudes as high as 200,000 feet and as fast as Mach 3 in order to evaluate it as an alternative recovery system for the Gemini space capsules and spent rocket stages. The Parawing program was used by civilian designers as a basis to develop many of the ultralights we all fly today.
Francis Rogallo was born in Sanger, California on January 27, 1912. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and aeronautics in 1935 during what is called the 'Golden Age of Aviation'. In addition to the “flexible wing”, he held patents on wing controls, slots, airfoils, target kites, and advanced configurations for flexible wing vehicles. His death is preceded by his wife Gertrude’s in January 2008. Rogallo took his last hang gliding flight on his 80th birthday.
I encourage all of you to do a few searches on this man who changed my life and brought me wings!Posted By: Cliff Whitney @ 7:26:27 AM
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