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This is an attempt to document the history of NORFOLK HANG GLIDING CLUB.
Started in dec 2006 it is assumed that it will take a fair while to get some interesting material within these pages
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WHY?
Cos its important! Hang gliding activities in East Anglia have been going on for over 30 years. It will continue one way or another for many years to come. Now is the time to get the history written, before to many people chuck all there bits and pieces in the bin, or pop their cloggs.
to quote somebody or another.. " without history there is no future"
It is important to document the pioneers activities, their names, and their experiences. Some of it wont make "NICE" reading. Conflicts will be described, alongside horror stories. These thing happen. But they pale into insignificance against the joys of flying at 5000ft over the East Anglian countryside, the friendships formed and the shear pleasure of free flight.

It is hoped that members from different eras of the club will summit material.

Time will tell:-)

I suspect that to start off with, it might all be a tad untidy… that can be sorted later. For now, we need to generate some content.
I also suspect that there might be one or two inclusions that some might, well how shall we put it, get up the arse about. life's like that you know.

Oh, yeah. one more thing. sorry about the spelling.. I'll tidy it up as i go along :-)


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1994 Gallery

If you have lasted this far you deserve some more pictures. These are mostly from the Hill Farm flying field taken during 1994. Advance apologies if I have got some factual details wrong. Let me know and I will correct them. You can’t do much about any of the personal opinions expressed – they are mine of course, and they do tend to reflect my impressions at that time (but I am open to reason).

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Apologies also to many other very worthy club members and participants for whom I do not have sexy enough photos from this period – the selection has been determined somewhat by chance. If you see that your name is a link then Phil has already allocated you a personal page - so you can retaliate. Just send Phil the details of what you want to say and he’ll fill it in – or show you how to. If you haven’t got a page ask Phil to create one for you.
Paul Welton, pilot, winchman and stalwart NHGC member for many years poses under this kite. Phil reckons it was not Paul’s own Rumour, but Phil’s Kiss that he was about to test fly. It probably explains why he was looking pretty serious. (Ahah, and it was from 1991).

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On the right is Rona, looking happy - the ultimate hard working outdoor girl and tireless partner with Tony in the Lejair training school. A vastly qualified instructor, winch person, and - not least - expert pilot in her own right. Had she been motivated (and funded!) to fly in national competitions I think she would have been among the top half dozen women pilots for years.

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Jim Thomas and Lynn. Just look at those clouds! You ought to know by now that this was about the most perfect thermalling sky one could wish for. Jim flew a Clubman, and (how can I put this?) it would be fair to say that he had been one of Lejair’s more challenging trainees. Was this the day, the first day, that he caught a thermal? From the ground we heard a strange noise – it came from Jim, aloft, singing and shouting with whoops of delight as he, for once, gained height 360-ing a few hundred feet above those trees!

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On the left Bob Cogman under the kite and Barry Freeman holding the nosewires. Very experienced pilots from the early days of hang gliding (and probably still flying as I write this now), equally likely to be found with the North Norfolk club at Sculthorpe or with the SCFHGC in Suffolk, or most likely on the coast if the coast was flyable. And on the right, Bryan Youngs holding Ian Alexander's nose (you know what I mean).

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On the left, the inimitable John Vernon – 'Jolly Veg' radio call sign. Esteemed good egg and companion on foreign trips. A raconteur in his own right, and latterly a rigid wing hang glider pilot. He could tell us a story or two.
On the motorcycle (for pulling winch lines back across the field) Francis Forsythe-Yorke (splendid companion on the Piedrahita trip), and Anna Wright trainee pilot, with small passenger. Don't ask where the crash helmets were.
Francis was tragically killed in a mid-air collision between his kite and a paraglider at Devil’s Dyke in 1996. Definitely one of the appalling lows of hang gliding.

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On the left Malcolm Stoodley (accomplished hyperactive hang glider pilot and airline pilot) with Rose. Lounging on the grass (flying is such a drag anyway): Jo Matthews, Rona Webb, James Oxbury and David Drake – some more of many exceptional companions (and occasional competitors) on the field and in foreign climes.

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