Ken de Russy's Hang Gliding Museum
Irvin Delta II Parawing on left side of image.
This Skydiving rig may be the oldest in existence and would also be the oldest production Rogallo wing in existence.
John Dickenson, Rod Fuller, Pat Crowe and Graeme Henderson thank Ken de Russy for recognizing Dickenson as the inventor of the modern hang glider. 2007
John Dickenson 1965
Copy of Diploma Presented to Ken de Russy 13 Oct by John Dickenson
"Bat-Glider" plans sold by Jim Foreman of Texas based on photos, drawings, and description of Richard Miller's "Bamboo Butterfly" provided to Foreman by Miller. An estimated 25,000 sets were sold through "Boy's Life" and other magazine ads. These plans preceded, and served to inspire, Taras Kiceniuk's "Batso" plans.
Barry Palmer December 1961
Ken de Russy flying his 17' Free Flight Systems Dickenson Wing during the 4th annual Otto Lilienthal Universal Hang Glider Championships at the USHGA Flight Park at Sylmar California May 18th & 19th 1974. Image from Lorraine Doyle's "Rapture of the Heights". Photo by Leroy Grannis
Santa Barbara News Press 26 January 1975
Robert Millington launching an Eipper-Formance Flexi-Flier from the 1250' MSL Gibralter Road Take off point in 1974.
The Channel Islands Hang Glider Emporium Flight Team
competed at the 1976 Hang Ten World Open at Escape Country on Robinson ranch in Santiago Canyon, Orange County, California
Kammy Low, Gary Bencar, Ken de Russy, Dave Saffold
Nailing the target!
1976 Hang Ten World Open Hang Gliding Championships at Escape Country on Robinson Ranch in Trabuco Canyon Orange County California
Attending this event were 360 pilots from many countries. It may be the largest hang gliding contest ever held.
Whole Air Magazine May/June 1982
I took this shot in 1976 from my Wills Wing SST100B directly in front of the La Cumbre launch point. Note the aluminum oval non-locking carabiner. The harness mains and single hang loop were made of 1" tubular webbing and there is no reserve parachute.
Tribute to Bob Wills July 1977 at Santa Barbara training hill known as "the Mesa". Dave Butz and Brian Porter in the air over 32 gliders and pilots. Rob Kells and Ken de Russy standing in center. 20 of these gliders are SSTs and all but 7 are Wills Wings.
Stepping up onto the base tube after a couple of running steps and another push off with the trailing foot and flying without a harness is accomplished with surprising ease. The long root common with the old gliders makes ones location longitudinally not very critical. This Wills Wing SST 100C has a 15' keel!
Steve Corbin loved his Seagull Ten Meter. Here he blazes into the Mesa training hill LZ. They were great gliders but I had little enthusiasm for any Seagull mainly because they were a pain to transport compared to straight leading edge gliders.
Ken de Russy Top Landing at the Wilcox Property (Now Known as The Douglas family Preserve) in his UP Gemini circa 1981.
Ken de Russy Flies in loose formation with Fred Mellon over Wilcox with Santa Barbara Training Hill visible in background. 1987
Low and Slow Magazine Editor Joe Faust in Volmer Jensen's VJ 23 Hang Glider at Playa Del Rey CA circa 1973
Photo-Fly December 19, 1971
Photo by Doug Morgan
Photo-Fly December 19, 1971
1910 TWK Clarke and Co
In 1910 TWK Clarke and Co., a Kingston-on-Thames manufacturer of aircraft, accessories and flying models, produced a range of four biplane gliders. This machine, based on a configuration evolved by the American pioneer Octave Chanute, was the third largest of the range and resembled the Wright brothers' aircraft in general construction. It could be bought as a kit for 10 guineas (£10.50) or completely assembled and covered for £34.
The machine was flown as a hang-glider with the pilot resting his armpits on the padded cushions, while the two control levers, connected in unison, operated the rudder when moved from side to side and the one-piece elevator when moved backwards or forwards. Banking in turns was achieved by the pilot swinging his body and legs towards the inside of the anticipated turn.
1978 publication donated to my collection by Dan Poynter who received it from a Russian pilot Konstantin. Please post comments if you can read this language or if you know something to provide detail of the image. I was unable to identify any content within the magazine that was related to the cover.
1978 publication donated to my collection by Dan Poynter who received it from a Russian pilot Konstantin. Please post comments if you can read this language or if you know something to provide detail of the image. The masthead for this newspaper is posted as a separate image.
1978 publication donated to my collection by Dan Poynter who received it from a Russian pilot Konstantin. Please post comments if you can read this language or if you know something to provide detail of the image. This is Page 1 of the paper that contains a hang gliding article shown in a separate image.
Interview Francis Rogallo Glider Rider August 1976
The Flier 1 Mar 73 V1 No 1 Page 2
The Flier Sep 73 V1 No 6 Page 9
The Flier Oct 73 V1 No 7 Page 1
The Flier Oct 73 V1 No 7 Page 3
The Flier Oct 73 V1 No 7 Page 4
Frank Colver USHGA #7 and I were invited by Dave to speak at the Kiwanda 40th Reunion Antique Fly in May 13 2012. Dave and Nancy started the weekend with a tour of coastal flying sites. This is the Dick Gammon launch. Oceanside is the distant point.
Oceanside launch looking back toward the Dick Gammon launch.
Four pilots who have lived in the sky.
HIGH ABOVE GRENADA LAKEUniversity of Mississippi, student Jack Townes of Grenada soared above Grenada lake for 10 hours covering 316 miles in a 17 by 16 foot ski-kite. He was towed by three boats around an 8-mile course to set what his ***** porters claim was a new world endurance record -- longest time aloft and greatest distance covered in a ski-kite.