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Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:14 pm

Photos from the original Otto meet (and others), courtesy of photographer Frank Colver:
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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby SamKellner » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:49 pm

Wow,

'71. Yeah, thanks Otto :clap:
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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:19 pm

Here are a few more that Frank just sent ...

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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby SamKellner » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:52 pm

Frank,

Skysail :thumbup: . How long did it take for your design to evolve from the blackpoly batso to the skysail ? '71 to '72?
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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Frank Colver » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:20 pm

My son Matt and his friend Ernest Feher built the bamboo and plastic glider (R Miller's Bamboo Bomber) that was at the 1st Otto meet (Matt in photo #4). After the meet I started designing my Skysail with inspiration from Richard Miller's Conduit Condor. After testing a scale model (which I still have) actual construction on the Skysail started on November 5, 1971 and the wing was taken to the field for the first time on January 22 of 1972. I sold many copies of plans for a model of the Skysail but never for the full size version, due to liability worries. If someone scaled it up that was their choice.

After I quit flying the Skysail it was donated to the San Diego Aerospace Museum where it burned up in the fire that destroyed the museum. :(

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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby JoeF » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:34 am

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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby BigBird » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:29 am

What absolutely blows my mind is the advancements from these photos and times to the gliders like the UP Comet less than 10 years later.

I'm always amazed when I see the 'good ol' daze' and the large crowds that always gathered to see the modern birth of bird-like-flight.

Many pioneers gave their all in an effort to see our sport and equipment improve and evolve... Much respect and RIP to them all.


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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Merlin » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:57 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyPszC_Jqaw
I noticed when I watched "Playground in the Sky" awhile back that there was a clip of a Colver Skysail actually flying (which I hadn't seen before). See the 31:10 mark.
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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:29 am

Merlin wrote:I noticed when I watched "Playground in the Sky" awhile back that there was a clip of a Colver Skysail actually flying (which I hadn't seen before). See the 31:10 mark.


Good eye Merlin!!!

Here's one of Frank's photos while building it:

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That hat looks suspiciously similar.      ;)

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Re: Frank Colver's Hang Gliding Photos from 1971

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:17 pm

Good observations Phil!!

BigBird wrote:I'm always amazed when I see the 'good ol' daze' and the large crowds that always gathered to see the modern birth of bird-like-flight.

We've lost that to a great extent because pilots mostly fly at sites where they can get altitude and distance rather than exposure to the public. That's why it's great to see efforts made by local clubs to bring hang gliding to typically non-flying public events like parades and shows. I've seen this done by the Tooele Hawks and the Southwest Texas Hang Gliders and others. Good job!!
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