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    Footage of a hanglider / hang glider.

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    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.


    Although this item is known as "Kite Gliding" it really features footage of what is more commonly known as Hang Gliding / hang-gliding / hangliding. Low angle shots of a man hangliding. Various shots of him moving through the air. He bangs his legs together when he is coming in to land. There is a short shot of him landing beside a lake.

    More shots of the man hangliding from the ground. Shots of him landing and then shots of him taking off. He runs for a short distance then launches himself into the air. He doesn't get very far.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1960 - 1969
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:01:00 / 01:55:24:00
    UN 4606 E

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  1. joefaust says

    In 1960-62 many versions of the standard Rogallo wing stabilized in four boom were made and flown by John Worth; he even had the triangle control bar against which payload operated for weight shift control; the triangle control frame or A-frame was starkly in hang gliding in Breslau of 1908 in a gliding club meet on a simple hang glider. In 1961-62 the Lawrence Welk Show showed James Hobson's four-boom foot-launch Rogallo hang glider to the world; Hobson also had the A-frame aft of which he controlled the position of his body for hang gliding. And in 1961-2 Barry Hill Palmer used his homemade Rogallo wing hang gliders (seven or eight versions) for foot-launch hang gliding; his friends also flew his craft. In 1961-64 the NASA used the four-boom Rogallo wing in their Paresev tow and free-flight gliding program. Then in 1962-3 Mike Burns had his aqua Ski Plane hang glider towed from boats and sometimes gliding; he would help a tinkerer in 1964 in Australia to have a ski kite made airworthy…

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  2. Graeme Henderson says

    From Mark Woodhams, Britain\'s foremost hang gliding history authority: The clip is mis-dated. I am virtually certain that the pilot shown taking off from a hill and landing on the slope is a Brit called Ken Messenger. He was one of the original British Hang Glider manufacturers, originally selling Bennett (US) gliders but then making his own under the Birdman Sports Promotion brand. He originally got into towing so that clip does make sense that it probably was Ken. The glider I think was one of his early designs, a Grasshopper. Date would be 1973.
    Often erroneously called a Rogallo Wing it is in fact a clone of the Modern Hang Glider John Dickenson invented in Grafton New South Wales in 1963. There is more information available at and

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  3. joefaust says

    Flying Magazine of July 1961 indicates how such gliders were already invented. Note also that John Worth had demonstrated the triangle control frame for fuselage cable stayed in 1960-61; but even that was demonstrated in 1908 at a hang gliding sport meet in 1908 by W. Simon for foot-launch hang gliding. More on similar matters are summarized on Flex-Wing Hang Glider Gold Air Award page:

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