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Falcon III

 

The 1976 Falcon 3 is the first British hang glider to feature cylindricised inflatable leading edges, a pre-cambered keel and slightly elliptical tips. These features were developed from experience with the Nova and Sting Rogallos. Despite its second generation format it is claimed that the Falcon 3 can be parachuted with little tendency to drop a wing. Penetration is reported to be good and the glider has been regularly soared in winds of 35 + mph. They were priced at £ 335.00 ex VAT in 1976.
 
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Falcon 3

 

From the beginning the Wasp Falcon 4 was named Falcon Floater. The 1976 Falcon IVwas a wing for intermediate pilots, rather than beginners with the Falcon III.
 
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Falcon 4
 
The 1977 Falcon 4 wass for intermediate and advanced flyers, though it may also be suitable for the more promising novice. Due to the machine's large wing span and superior roll rate and pitch response it was not suitable for flyers with minimal experience.
 
One of the glider's greatest virtues is the low stall speed. In still air it can be launched in a few strides and flown extremely slowly. Top landings in light winds are remarkably easy as the wing can be held on the stall in complete safety. Top landings are also assisted by its excellent stability which allows it to absorb turbulence. The stall is well indicated by definite mushing and is easily corrected even before the nose begins to fall away. The glide angle and sink rate are exceptional and therefore the pilot must make allowances against overshooting the landing area. In summary, the Falcon 4 is an outstanding competition machine due to its slow flying capabilities, parachuting qualities, high L/D and low sink rate.
 
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Falcon 4
 
As late as April '78 the Falcon 4, Falcon 4 Junior, Falcon 3 Sport were being offered for sale. Identification of early F4s can be made by rounded bottom of A frame. Later models have knuckle joints.
 
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Falcon 5
 
The 1978 Falcon 5 was designed for the beginner through to intermediate and is a slow flying easy to handle, easy to land glider. The design features a cambered sail, defined tips and two degrees of billow. The airframe is completely anodised and can be supplied in a breakdown version folding to just two metres. There are no deflexers.

 

There was a series of evolution in the model. The 1979 model was the Falcon V.
 
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Falcon 5
 
Falcon 3
Sail area 215 sq ft
Leading edge 20 ft
Keel 16 ft
Span 28 ft 3 in
Aspect ratio 3.72
Nose angle 90 deg
Billow 3 deg
Weight 39 lbs
Pilot weight 140-180 lbs
L/D (prone) 6.1:1
Speed for L/D max 30 mph
Max speed 40 + mph
Stall speed 12 mph
Min sink rate 6 ft /sec
Min sink speed 20 mph
 
Falcon 4 Junior
Wing area: 16 m²
Wing span: 9 m
Aspect ratio: 5
Hang glider weight: 18 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 50 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 70 kg
Packed length: 6 m
Packed length short: 3 m
Number of battens: 6
Nose angle: 100°
 
Falcon 4 Senior
Aspect ratio: 5
Hang glider weight: 18 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Packed length: 6 m
Packed length short: 3 m
Number of battens: 6
Nose angle: 100°
 
Falcon 4
Leading edge: 21 ft
Nose angle: 100 deg
Root chord: 14 ft 6 in
Keel: 16 ft in
Billow: 2.25 deg
Sail area: 200 sq ft
Span: 32 ft 6 in
Aspect ratio: 5.18
Glide angle: 8:1 at 20 mph
Sink rate: 3 ft 6 in per sec at 14 mph
 
Falcon 5
Leading edge: 18 ft 7 in
Keel: 12 ft 0 in
Sail area: 190 sq ft
Nose angle: 102 deg
Billow: 2 deg
Aspect ratio: 4.45
Span: 28ft 6in
Glider weight: 46 lb
 
 

 

 

 


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