The "sport of hang
demonstrated in Quadraplane
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Preface letter from Larry Hall:
Dear Joe, Here is an article on the
Quadruplane. The introduction is by Richard Miller and the rest by myself.
The pictures were take by Evan Hall at the Point of the Mountain near Salt
Lake City. (Typeset of same article, courtesy of Soaring Magazine,
Jan. issue; halftones herein by Hang Glider Magazine of Santa
[Richard Miller gave the following
But there was a shadow to this bright picture. The fiberglass sailplane was both complex and expensive to manufacture, and working alone only the most exceptional individuals, of whom there were less than a handful, could muster the energy, the knowledge, and the capital required to produce such an aircraft, so the jb was transferred increasingly to factory workers. To the degree this happened, the homebuilder, the individual with the desire to realize his own dream, found himself less able to design and build his own personal flying machine.
The ultralight movement, the beginnings of which were the other noteworthy event of the early 1970s [Movements to ultralights actually were fact from 1800s forward; Miller is expressing his own immediate experience of a giant movement that had roots in distant past decades. Proof of concept for triangle control bar with aft hung pilot for battened sailed hang glider occurred in the first decade of 1900s; flying wing advance in Horten Brothers and others occurred early in the 1900s; Volmer Jensen and the Popular Mechanics supported hang glider fad gave a hang gliding movement on top of the sport's roots in such as Otto Lilienthal. JpF. Ref1 Ref2 Ref3 Ref4 Ref5 Ref6 Ref7 The two world wars slowed some foot launch hang gliding, but did not stop the movement or sport specifically initiated at least by Otto Lilienthal and given impetus by many others in each decade following him.] changed all that.
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Striplin FLAC (standing for Foot Launched Air Cycle). Two Soarmaster engines.
Lazair, Mitchell Wing, FLAC, Easy Riser, Fledgling or Fledge by Klaus Hill ... mfg by Manta Products, Hummer,
Evolute ... Super Floater mfg by US Aviation
Klaus Hill was a German sailplane