British Hang Gliding Association

Bob Dear flying his Waspair Gryphon.

Bob was also a long time Wessex Airmail editor and winner of the Gray Prize for Journalism. Photos taken about 1978. (Waspair took on the manufacture of the Gryphon, which was designed by Miles Handley, who also designed the Gulp.

A quote from Bob Dear "I remember the Gryphon as being the one on which I had the most fun.  It was rigged as tight as a drum and was actually quite twitchy to fly, but was amazingly manoeuverable and aerobatic for its time.  Maybe that is why I still have a deep feeling of nostalgia for that particular period in my hang gliding experience".

Photos belong to Bob Dear but sent in by Everard Cunion


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