U.S. Hang Gliding Pilots

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Mike Harker
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:08 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:41 pm
Posts: 3468
Mike Harker flow
is invited in this topic.

Image As we early knew him.
In the images you will see him after a terrible crime was committed against him... very beaten.
And then he rose again to great adventure and gift to others ..

Mike Harker, 1947 - 2011.
Part of his start was with the extremely low L/D Tibado kite-gliders (L/D was so low that the custom was to stay with towline tension as much as possible; gliding was not the first focus). But then he got into kite-gliders of higher L/D with better gliding opportunities that started a new realm for him. (Sample Tibado kite shown in this post is not of Mike flying). Image Image

General IMAGE set ---some are not our Mike Harker, but many are: http://tinyurl.com/MikeHarkerIMAGES

:arrow: In 1973 the ZDF German Television produced a 30 min documentary on Mike Harker's world record hang glider flight from Mt. Zugspitze in Germany.
In 1977, Harker fell 400 feet in a horrific hang-gliding accident, breaking more than 30 bones and leaving him in a coma for more than 11 months.

Random start video for this topic:
Mike Harker - Courage Countdown - OLN -TV.wmv
In 1968 I flew a flat kite (Tibado) for the Cypress Gardens Ski Show. This had a rope attached to the control bar between where my hands´╗┐ could steer the kite and at the bottom of the rope was a round piece of wood where I could straddle between my legs. This put most of the weight at the center which made control easier.

He then saw a Rogallo kite at Cypress Garden being towed for trips around the waters by Bill Bennett; Mike bought a Delta Wing from Bill.

His adventuring in sailing following severe injury brought final trajedy: http://wanderlust3.thesailingchannel.tv/

Drachenflugpionier und Weltumsegler:
General study link: http://tinyurl.com/MikeHarkerHangGliderPioneer

Playful: :) http://corinnaflies.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

Join a National Hang Gliding Organization: US Hawks at ushawks.org

View pilots' hang gliding rating at: US Hang Gliding Rating System

 Post subject: Re: Mike Harker flow
PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:01 pm 

Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:11 am
Posts: 3260
Yeow!!!     :o

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group