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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 :-)


A Random Page : The mid – late 70’s

I had finished my second homebuilt. The first was from drawings this one was from an idea that I could do something better. Deflectors were the order of the day (struts and wire on the leading edge for strengthen and shape) and methods to enhance billow shift were evolving. (Including ‘pulley system’, many already in use). My idea was to just extend the cross tube a bit and put a small pulley wheel on the ends. This and a ‘normal’ pulley wheel on the nose plate gave one continues cable running from wingtip to wingtip around the nose plate. There were no deflectors as such. As one wingtip flexed in the other flexed out. For strength there were also two additional flying wires going from wing tip to ‘A’ frame corner.
This flew ok and the billow shift mechanism worked fine.
There was nothing particularly innovative here, but it was a slightly unusual configuration.

I had tested this to the point of flying from Cromer but after flying a while I thought the ‘A’ frame base bar was really too far back and needed adjusting. Like a fool I did this on site, and in an adrenaline filled flying state of mind.
I tilted the ‘A’ frame forward a bit by lengthening the rear wires and shorting the front wires (as a prototype It was all easily adjustable). What I forgot to do was lengthen the additional flying wires. The effect of this was to put unacceptable amounts of camber on the leading edges giving a glider configuration that enjoyed going into a dive…
I prepared for a cliff takeoff.
GO …..and I was up and away.

I immediately knew there was something wrong and a second later I knew exactly why. The glider started to speed up as the nose pitched down. My god I thought and for some inexplicable reason I started to sing loudly. The nose down tendency was already starting to make my arms ache and I was heading out to sea. I tried to wrap my feet around the rear flying wires to ease the pressure on my arms but this made me lose what little control I had.
I had to make a turn and as I did the glider sped up even more and started to side-slip for good measure.
This was not good so I sang even louder interspersed with OH SH**.
By the end of the first verse of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ I was flying very low very fast and heading along the beach pushing out for all I was worth. One Herculean effort got the nose up a bit. Fortunately as there was a bit of cross wind and I was heading directly into it I managed to make a perfect but very fast running landing….
Piece of cake.

This problem was easily fixed but this glider came to the end of its life when a slightly out of control bonfire damaged the sail. I was not as disappointed as I should have been. Glider design is best left to the experts.

Mike Lake

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