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#1 mustang__1



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:10 AM

narrated in the way only the 70;'s could be narrated... neat stuff, though. fucker's were nuts... 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:52 AM

Cool vid.

I used to own and (timidly) fly a fairly early one about 30 years ago, the Bill Bennett Delta Wing.

They were a lot better by that point though, the wings were mostly supported by a full spar. The generation before that one were the death traps, the wings were held rigid by stainless cables (and sometimes some home brew not stainless). If a top guy snapped, the wings would fold like a Japanese paper lantern and fly about as effectively as a Japanese paper lantern.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:13 AM

I had and flew an old Phantom kite. My last attempt was off a 1200' hill on the next ridge over from my house where they now fly para-sails.


Took three tries, stalled and dropped into the mansanita. My knees were knocking so I packed it up.


Last I saw of it was laying alongside the house I sold in Texas. Best thing I ever did with that thing.


Those were the days where you would find people launching off anything that would give them some air. Use to fly off a hill behind a school in San Jose area and land in the play yard scattering baseball players in the process. Got my card but never got certified. Self taught.


Good times.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:22 PM


bald hill stanwell park 1978

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