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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:02 pm

Hello Hawks, since joining not too long ago, I have enjoyed making new acquaintances and also talking to old friends from the early 70's. USHAWKS has afforded me the ability to bring me up to date on hang gliding. I graduated high school in Torrance Ca. 1964. Watched Bill Bennet tow glide in Australia 1968, watched my friend David Cronk (all state pole vaulter) "catch some air" down the sand hills at Torrance 1970, and helped my new friends "catch some big air" in Telluride 1972 and onward. The only big air I caught was hitting a mogul totally wrong.
Humans have an innate 'fear of flying' but "the more you know, the more you'll go". All the 'pilots' that I have known in my life (my dad first in 1947) have had a love of flying, but respected the pilots bible verse " pay attention to details ", and if they did not feel just right, they DID NOT FLY. I helped some hang gliders 'fly' down the mountain in an old international truck. 'Flying rubber' I suppose.
I have seen and read many reports of 'Flying mishaps', and I am always saddened when pilots and others die, and I always try to put myself (as a pilot) in that situation, to try and figure "what I would have done". Now that may seem odd, but that's just how My brain works. There are usually 1 or 2 things that get overlooked (along with wind sheer conditions ) with the pilot or the airplane, that lead to those 4 or 5
seconds of chaos before disaster. "Conformation bias" plays a bigger role than will be admitted, and most pilots will not admit that their 'weather' skills are lacking. Those early pilots in the Owens Valley, were 'good' but they may have escaped death by a whisker.
Even though paragliding 'mishaps' and deaths are more prevalent these days, they are still flown by pilots, who choose their wings, and I personally respect them. Their flying abilities should NEVER be made fun of. Our adrenaline is some times as Brown as theirs. Their familys and paramedics are in mourning and we should pay a little tribute to them. I think that they would do the same for us, because warblers and hawks really are feathered friends.
The USHAWKS mission statement is in essence, "how you gonna act?"
Let us go, and teach others how to go into the wind and be enchanted, for it may be the oldest form of medicine.
My 12 year old grand son wants to fly, so we do hang glider kites and flight simulators. For now he likes being my co pilot, here at 8745. TYFL
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:46 am

Craig Muhonen wrote: The USHAWKS mission statement is in essence, "how you gonna act?

The Board actually worked through a number of subtle alternatives to come up with:

Mission Statement of U. S. Hawks Hang Gliding Association: To promote, protect, and serve recreational hang gliding in the United States.


You can find the discussion and unanimous vote of the Board by searching for "Mission Statement" with the "Topic Titles" button checked. Checking that button means that it will only report posts having that string in the title. I happen to know that phrase was used in the title.

One of the cool things about the U.S. Hawks is that our Board discussions and votes are all available to see. It provides a great way to conduct business all year long and all of our members can participate.
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:03 am

Free wrote:The second vote to further hide political comment in the 'Zone' you correctly voted no. Thank you for that. You are clearly miles above the likes of the doppelganger tyrants, Jack and Davis.

We have to be miles above them because we've got great pilots keeping us on our toes, and we can't just kick them out when they catch us in our mistakes.

Keep warm Warren, and come visit us whenever you're ready.    :salute:
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Frank Colver » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:04 am

Full disclosure: I'M POSTING OFF TOPIC!

Today my wife and I celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary!

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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby JoeF » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:54 am

Frank, I see that as "on topic"
US Hawks can be ...
involved in love, care, effective engineering, pointed philanthropy, styled hang gliding leadership, top parenting, and for a good amount of years!
Proof: Frank, a US Hawk! His WWW:: WingWonderfulWoman supported him all along the way: :arrow: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: to her.
Congratulations! :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :wave:

https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pil ... story.html

And from: https://www.oc-cf.org/wp-content/upload ... gazine.pdf
ENC’s first interaction with OCCF came in 2004, when it received a $20,000 donation from Frank and Judy Colver. This marked the beginning of an OCCF environmental fund that supports a range of environmental organizations throughout Orange County and from which ENC has benefited many times since.

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:arrow: US Hawks can be with 65
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65_(number)
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:28 pm

Any woman who can put up with 65 years of this guy ...

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Congratulations to both of you Frank and Judy!!!
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:52 pm

Thank you Frank & Judy for taking this hawkling under your wing so to speak. Our conversations have meant a lot to me. 'committment' means so much. I saw it when you stepped off into the "high" air for the first time in 39 years, but I also saw that it would not 'lessen' You if did not. You epitomize the essence of the US HAWKS, and are a role model for a younger generation. To me, you guys seem to be a perfect A 432 tuning. Lexie & I of 46 years pay tribute to you of 65 years. Enjoy, and fair winds.
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:41 am

One of the things that the U.S. Hawks has become is a rich repository for hang gliding history.

Along those lines, I'd like to quote from John Heiney's article:

John Heiney wrote:It is a matter of historical record that from 1981 until 1999, the pilots of the Telluride Air Force ran the unofficial World Aerobatic Hang Gliding Championships. They were the first to do it, they were serious about it, and they did it every year for a long time. I figure it was the de facto World Aerobatics Championships. I am guessing the FAI would not have considered sanctioning such a wild aberration of freeflight even if someone had asked.


It would be great to see more history of the Telluride Air Force documented here!!
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Re: What can the US Hawks be?

Postby JoeF » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:53 pm

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Subject: 1973-4

Original TAF (Telluride Air Force): members: Joe Kray, Dennis Stenslien, Gary Gross, Clint Wolf, Robert St.Once, Greg Henzie, Don Dusatko, Jim Lincoln, Jim Guest, Jeff Campbell, Mitchell Stanfield, David Stanfield. TAF Administrator/Secretary - Christine Stanfield/Dusatko.

VIP Visiting Pilots: Bob Keeler, Rob Kells, Jack Schroeder, John Heiney, Dave Cronk, Dave Beardslee, Dan Racinelli, Steve Moyes.

VIP Guest: Col. Chuck Yeager

Special Guest : driver, carrier, launch specialist and shot buyer at the bar.... ha....Craig (munch) Muhonen

Might make for a good trivia pursuit question.

Wasn't sure where to post this.
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