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UP Ultralight Products Mosquito
Designed by Roy Haggard, chief designer at Ultralite Product since 1974, UP released the Mosquito almost at the same time as the Comet (1980). The Mosquito is a crossbar-less bowsprit glider with thinner leading edges (in diameter) that could be bent at high speed by tensioning the sail. Therefore, it had a light handling at low speeds and good penetration when flying faster. With its ultra-flat sail and its truncated ends, the Mosquito is a direct descendant of the Spyder of UP.
Twenty pre-production prototypes were built for U.S. level racers to assess their capabilities in the world's toughest cross-contry event, the XC "Classic" and "open" in Owens Valley. The results were: First place: Rich Pfeiffer - U.P. Mosquito. In addition, there were 4 U.P. Mosquito in the first 8 places, they won all the speed events and set 3 new world records in free flight.
Its assembly is a bit complicated the first time ... there are cables everywhere. Very solid wing with oversized cables. The wing tips are connected with a cable on the nose via a pulley. When you turn it tilts the ailerons.
Wingspan: 11.40 m
Mosquito 146
Wing area: 13.4 m²
Wing span: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 7.4
Hang glider weight: 23 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 56 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 83 kg
Nose angle: 127°
Mosquito 166
Wing area: 15.1 m²
Wing span: 10.61 m
Aspect ratio: 7.4
Hang glider weight: 25 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 64 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 94 kg
Nose angle: 127°
Mosquito 196
Wing area: 18.02 m²
Wing span: 11.55 m
Aspect ratio: 7.4
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 78 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 113 kg
Nose angle: 127°

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