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Solar Wings Typhoon
 
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Typhoon
 
The 1980 Typhoon was the first double surface Comet clone produced by Solar Wings, in two sizes. The Typhoon followed the formula fairly closely with preformed battens and four undersuface battens. Reflex being retained by a harness of lines attached to the trailing edge from the kingpost.
 
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Typhoon
 
Although the glider handled nicely it is rather heavy. Three hundred and thirty-four sold.
 
The 1982 Typhoon S was brought out by Solar Wings to counter improvements made to the Airwave Magic. In line with the policies of these two dominant companies no specification or details of changes made were publicised (184 sold). Priced from £943.00 plus VAT.
 
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Typhoon S
 
The Typhoon SS has been introduced to give another increase in handling and performance, attributed in part to the lay of the cloth being bias-corrected to the trailing edge and in part to further modification of the tips. The trailing edge, previously taped, was folded over. (226 sold).
 
The Typhoon range resulted in the 1983 Typhoon S4 which is intended to be Solar's answer to the successful Magic 3. The 1983 Typhoon S4 was priced from £865.00 plus VAT.
 
The 1984 S4 Racer was originally based on a standard S4 with a package of options added, these including the mylar leading edge, airfoil kingpost and control-frame sides and 8 undersurface battens. However a variable billow system has put the machine into a class of its own. Decreasing the nose angle increases the billow, improving the handling at the expense of speed, thus the low setting is selected for thermalling.
 
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1984 S4 Racer
 
When leaving the thermal the pilot can select the maximum nose angle and by tightening the sailcloth decrease the drag coefficient substantially, making the S4 Racer one of the fastest hang gliders in the world, despite it's friendly handling characteristics. The S4 Racer was priced at £1115.00 inc VAT.
 
The 1985 S4 Racer GP was developed specifically for professional competition pilots, it's tough mylar sandwich sail ensuring that it remained accurately tuned during the punishment of top competition.
 
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S4 Racer GP
 
The S4 Racer GP has mylar sandwich sail, mylar leading edge, nose cone, keel and tip fairings, airfoil control frame sides, speed bar, 8 undersuface battens and Variable Billow.
 
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Although the S4 performs well in international and national competitions it was just as suitable for the intermediate pilot. Decent take-off and landing speeds with smooth positive response make it a safe, enjoyable experience every time you take it into the air.

 

The 1985 S4 was very good in rough conditions, with great roll response without winding into turns too quickly. It was available in two sizes: 166 and 180.
 
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Typhoon S4
 
The Typhoon 85 Racer appeared in 1986.
 
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Typhoon 85 Racer
 
Typhoon medium
Weight: 73 lb
L/D: 11:1 claimed
Approx 55% double surface
 
Typhoon S medium
Sail area: 166 sq ft
Span: 32 ft 6 in
Nose angle: 122 deg
Aspect ratio: 6.4
Glider weight: 72 lb
Min-sink: 180 ft min
Double surface: 55 %
 
Typhoon S4 medium
Sail area: 166 sq ft
Span: 32 ft 6 in
Nose angle: 122 deg
Aspect ratio: 6.4
Glider weight: 72 lb
Min-sink: 180 ft min
Double surface: 55 %

 

 

 

 
 
 


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