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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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On a windy day when I hear a flapping flag or something I can’t help but think of early cliff launches at Cromer.

The flapping sail was an integral part of glider design and pilots used to use this as an airspeed indicator. The more you pulled in the more the sail flapped. Imagine the sound of a cigarette card on bicycle spokes x 10 and you will get the idea. Often the sound could be heard on the beach.
At each end of the flight range there was ‘no flap‘ (you were stalled) and ‘flapping like buggery’ (you were in a dive).
Paul Whitely used to amply demonstrate both ends of this scale when he was in ‘acrobatic mode’.
We used to watch open mouthed as Paul would nose up until a full-blown stall developed and then he would fall into a steep dive. The sail would actually collapse and be nothing more then a flapping fluttering sheet. We would all be holding our breath while Paul plummeted towards the ground. Then, just in time, the wing would miraculously recover and Paul would climb up and do it all again, giving us watchers hardly enough time to catch our breath.

These gliders had no tip struts, no luff lines, no reflexed battens or sweep+washout to stabilise the dive. Instead the sail was always tight at the front and flappy at the back. As the sail flapped it killed lift at the back, the faster you went the more lift was killed, eventually stabilising a dive.

That’s right dive recovery on these early gliders was down to a flapping sail. Don’t you just love ’70s hang gliding?

Mike Lake

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