Victor Horton (..., d. 1991)
He flew the Flightsail on the same day that Rogallo flew the Flightsail built by Thomas Purcell.
Milton O. Thompson flew the Flightsail or Purcell's make on same day also, as did Francis M. Rogallo.
More about Victor Horton is invited.
"The Paresev was designed by Charles Richard, of the Flight Research Center's Vehicle and System Dynamics Branch, with the rest of the team being: engineers Richard Klein, Gary Layton, John Orahood, and Joe Wilson; Frank Fedor and LeRoy Barto from the Maintenance and Manufacturing Branch; Project Manager Victor Horton, with Gary Layton becoming Project Manager later on in the Program. Mr. Paul Bikle, Director of the Center, gave instructions that were short and to the point: build a single-seat Paraglider and "do it quick and cheap."
So, Victor was Project Manager of the Paresev program. So, by deduction, the article in 1962 by Purcell that describes Horton arriving to test fly the Flightsail, we have Horton connected with two kite-hang-glider projects: Flightsail and Paresev. Neat. But Horton did not get to fly the control of the two down rods that dressed the very first Flightsail, but an altered stick version. The two down frontal rods were more directly akin to the ancient 1908 two down tubes used in Breslau hang glder (Breslau hang glider put into public domain what we use today mostly in our kite hang gliders). Purcell quickly morphed to other tweaked control arrangement, but never leaving the control wing principle of moving airframe relative to payload pilot center of mass.
In 1962 we find Victor Horton in a photograph with several others associated with the Paresev program:
With the the Paresev 1-A and the 450-hp Stearman sport Biplane as a backdrop the Pilot and crew pose for this picture in 1962.
Starting at left: On the motorcycle is Walter Whiteside, in the Paresev 1-A is test pilot Milton Thompson, Frank Fedor, Richard Klein, Victor Horton, Tom Kelly, Jr., Fred Harris, owner of the Stearman, John Orahood, and Gary Layton.
August 24, 1962
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