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Wasp Gryphon
Gryphon 3
The Gryphon 3 was advertised in May 1978 as 'Developed from Miles Handley's brilliant original concept is Gryphon 3, a hybrid hang glider which embodies the features of both flexwing and rigid wing types. The braced airframe has meant the elimination of cross booms together with their attendant drag, weight and rigging penalties. For soaring pilots it can be flown relaxed and drifted into the flattest 360's ever. The wing could be banked to 90 deg faster than anything around’.


The 1979 Gryphon was for advanced pilots.
The Gryphon B bowsprit glider was apparently designed by Miles Handley (UK).
Gryphon B
Wasp compensated for the lack of maneuverability with a slight reverse dihedral, hence a spiral instability always tiring to counter, and sometimes dangerous. The mania could be substantially improved by causing the cables controlling the deflection to communicate towards the rear of the leading edges. She became the queen of the lazy 8 thanks to her kinetic energy. Wing very sensitive to the profile of the slats.
Griphon B
The Gryphon Mistral and Gryphon Sierra were 1980 versions.
Griphon B
Wing area: 15.23 m²
Wing span: 10.2 m
Aspect ratio: 6.85
Hang glider weight: 25 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 65 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 95 kg
Packed length: 5.63 m
Packed length short: 3 m
Number of battens: 10
Nose angle: 127°
Gryphon Mistral
Wing area: 15.3 m²
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Hang glider weight: 27 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 55 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Packed length: 3.80 m
Packed length short: 2.10 m
Nose angle: 127°
Gryphon Sierra
Wing area: 17.65 m²
Aspect ratio: 6.8
Hang glider weight: 27 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 55 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Packed length short: 3.5 m
Nose angle: 127°
Gryphon 3
L/D ratio: 11:1
Sink rate: 2.5 ft per second

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