Has Anyone tried (and survived) Hang Gliding?

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06-13-2013 11:56 PM

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These images came directly from the Smithsonian Institute sent TO me from the curator of the Smithsonian while I was a Park Ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. These images came from the original glass plate negatives of the Octave Chanute Hang Glider Experiments conducted AT Indiana Dunes in 1897. NO better resolution is available.

OH CRAP! Don’t do it Mikey! NO! Don’t do it! That is too ego driven, so just don’t do it! OH Crap!
Oh well, guilty as charged…

;-) ME at Horseshoe Meadows, CA at 14,000ft MSL and landing at Bishop, CA.

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 12:47 AM

I have never been hang gliding…..
I have jump out of a plane at 15,000ft though!!!

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 12:51 AM

Ah… then you understand! I made it to 14,000ft with TWO parachutes, and never had to use EITHER one of them! It still wakes a fella up though!

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 01:41 AM

Anybody who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane is on the verge of nuts !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 01:46 AM

I get dizzy looking at the pictures!

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 02:10 AM

something braver than parachuting,...

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 02:11 AM

You know, the wildest thing I found out about these experiments was that no one, as in “NO ONE” had the slightest clue as to what an airfoil should look like, NONE! This was done before the Wright brothers in northern Indiana and Ohio (near where I grew up). The best that I could find out, looking at images of the original and reproduction at the Smithsonian, was that the wooden wing “ribs” were “bent or curved”, and that was it! Nothing special, nothing tapered toward the trailing edge, nothing but “curved”! Talk about the ultimate woodworker’s experiment! Geez!...

All said and done, this was truly the biggest success of a woodworking experiment in modern history, IMO! It changed the world, and nothing less.

The next image (first of this series) sure has my sympathies! Boy how many times have I had to lug the darn glider back UP the hill/dune so that I could get another few seconds of air! Boy I celebrated when I eventually was able to soar without having to land at the bottom! Ye Hah!

In particular, look at the curvature of the “airfoil” on the right side of the image below. Nothing special at all!

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 02:17 AM

The “heights” we humans go to satisfy curiosity. Amazing pictures Mr. Mike, really neat to look at

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#8 posted 06-14-2013 02:32 AM

And one last image I found:

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#9 posted 06-14-2013 03:54 AM

There was a show on National Geographic channel called ”CRASH” which dealt with all kinds of crashes from early NASCAR to nuclear collisions.

Part of this was on a 19 year old girl who, on her first solo sky dive, lost her main chute and the secondary failed to deploy properly. She was in a very high speed spiral and landed fully on the front of her body. At the hospital they all discovered she was pregnant and almost nine months after all the surgeries she delivered a healthy son! Really incredible story as she is very grateful to have survived!

One of my former managers asked me, and some others in his group, to join him when the jumper school came by our local “grass field” airport. Needless to say no one joined him! He found out, after the fact, that the company insurance plan would not cover him if he had gotten hurt or worse.

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 06:11 AM

No hang gliding, but I walked steel beams at about 45’ before OSHA. Suppose that was about the same height as those early gliders ;-)

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#11 posted 06-14-2013 07:08 AM

Nope. Don’t wanna an I ain’t gonna.

Are you going to do it again?

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 01:56 AM

I was watching the History channel a few nights ago and they were discussing the history of flight. They talked about all the people that worked in developing the air foil. They went on to talk about the most important thing the Wright brothers gave us…..the wood propeller. Other treated the propeller like an air paddle. the Wright brothers treated the propeller like an air foil. They went on to say that today we can make a wood propeller that is 84 to 85% efficient. the Wright brothers had a wood propeller that was 81% efficient before 1910. I looked at their crude wind tunnels they made in little boxes etc. They were ahead of all the others in this respect.

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#13 posted 06-16-2013 03:16 AM

My daughter in-law has a framed piece of fabric from one of the Wright Brothers planes. I cannot recall how she came to get it but she calls it one of her treasures.

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#14 posted 06-16-2013 03:24 AM

Don’t forget that the Wright Brothers used the Pratt Truss design of the biplane wing Octave Chanute, a former railroad engineer, had invented/converted from his railroad engineer days. That was the great game changer. 8-)

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#15 posted 06-19-2013 12:24 AM

I jumped tandem at Eloy, Az but never did any hang gliding. One thing I would like to try is a powered parachute. They used to have the Flying Circus at Casa Grande,Az in Feb. for years and then they stopped it, but people would come from all over the world with powered parachutes and some hang gliders. the ones that were interesting were the ones with motor and prop on your back. You rev it up, fill the chute, take a few steps and you are flying and you can land is a short distance too. I’m 67 and I’d still like to try that!!

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