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In early 1974, Gérard Thevenot still a student at the engineering school of Nancy ISIN acquires the plans of the Seagull (an American manufactured glider) and decided to build his own wing based on this model in order to fulfil his wishes to become airborne. He called the wing “Mouette” (Meaning Seagull in French). Like the Seagull, the Mouette had curved leading edges and was thus advertised as a conical-cylindrical wing. By mistake he built the leading edges stronger than required due to the materials he had at hand, thus improving the wing's stability and performance. Enthusiasm about hang gliding and the new wing spread rapidly among his friends who begged him to build some for them.
 
Jean-Marc Thevenot, already employed at the time and very skilled with his hands, helped his younger brother construct these gliders and quickly realized how productive and promising this adventure could be. So he decided to start a company combining Gérard’s talent as a pilot and designer with his own intuitive skills for management. The company, La Mouette progressively grew and largely contributed to the performance and safety of the sport.
 
The "cylindro-conical" wings and this particularity gave them a good stability and a very low speed of flight, very appreciated by novice pilots, as well as a very low drop rate compared to the wings of that time. It was the wing of the first soarings.
 
The first hang glider built and sold by La Mouette, the 1974 Mouette 20 was for Novice pilots. Very popular in France around 1976.
 
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Mouette 20e
 
The 1976 Mouette 17 was for Novice pilots.
 
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Mouette 17
 
A Mouette F was a 1980 hang glider.
 
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Mouette F
 
Mouette 20
Wing area: 20 m²
Wing span: 10.25 m
Aspect ratio: 5
Hang glider weight: 18 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 85 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 110 kg
Minimum speed: 22 km/h
Maximum speed: 50 km/h
Packed length: 5.7 m
Packed length short: 4 m
Number of battens: 4
Nose angle: 102°
 
Mouette 17
Wing area: 17 m²
Wing span: 8.50 m
Aspect ratio: 4,25
Hang glider weight: 17 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 55 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 65 kg
Packed length short: 5.21 m
Number of battens: 4
Nose angle: 102°
 
 
 
 


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