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Manta-Fledgling
 
A 1974 hang glider for advanced pilots. The Fledgling uses two identical spars that carry equal loads. The rear spar is in a streamlined pocket. The Fledgling is completely self-launchable and folds down to a Rogallo size package. The rudders that aid stability and turning are actuated by control cablees attached to the swing seat, harness or by twist grip, supine.
 
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Fledgling
 
The airfoil remains rigid in flight by use of pre-formed, removable ribs. No tools are required for set-up. The spars are made from 6061-T6, 1.5in x .049 tubing and rigging cable is 3/32in 7 x 7 stainless steel. All hardware is aircraft quality.
The sail is made from 3.8oz stabilised dacron, then available in 11 colours. A flying supine seat with individual leg straps, or prone harness were optinal.
 
Some of the greatest characteristics of the Fledge was the ability to penetrate high winds. It was always fun to spin.
 
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Fledge 2
 
The Fledge 2 was a 1980 hang glider.
 
The Fledging IIB was motorized to give the Pterodactyl Fledging, one of the first ULM.
 
The 1983 Fledge 3 was nasty in a spin when the center of drag (the Fledge) traded places with the center of mass (the pilot). Next thing, flying upside down at 1 negative G. Some say it was an absolute bitch to rig and weighed a ton and ground handling was terrible, trying to get used to yaw induced roll.
 
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Fledgling 3
 
The Fledge Voyager was a 1980 version for advanced pilots.
 
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Fledge Voyager
 
The 3ET (extending type) has 1.50 m extra on each side plus and Casper shutters that augers the potence at the wingtip in turn it turns flat, does perfect loops at + 6g positive and negative.
 
Fledgling A
Chord length: 5.5 ft
Wing span: 29 ft / 8.85 m
Wing area: 142 sq,ft / 13.2 m²
Aspect ratio: 6
Sweep angle: 18˚
Hang glider Weight: 50 lb / 28 kg
Pilot weight: 120-170 lb / 54-70 kg
Takeoff speed: 18 mph
Stall speed: 16 mph / 23 km/h
Max speed: 55 mph / 75 km/h
Best glide ratio (L/D): 11-1
Best L/D speed: 28 mph
Min sink: 225 fpm / 1 m/s
 
Fledgling B
Chord length: 5.5 ft
Wing span: 33 ft / 10.07 m
Wing area: 162 sq,ft / 15.05 m²
Aspect ratio: 6.8
Sweep angle: 18˚
Hang glider Weight: 56 lb / 28 kg
Pilot weight: 160-220 lb / 70-100 kg
Takeoff speed: 18 mph
Stall speed: 16 mph / 23 km/h
Max speed: 55 mph / 75 km/h
Best glide ratio (L/D): 11-1
Best L/D speed: 28 mph
Min sink: 225 fpm / 1 m/s

 

Fledge 2 A
Wing area: 13.2 m²
Wing span: 8.9 m
Aspect ratio: 6
Hang glider weight: 26 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 50 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 70 kg
Number of battens: 6
Nose angle: 144°
 
Fledge 2 B
Wing area: 15 m²
Wing span: 10.7 m
Aspect ratio: 6.8
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 60 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 100 kg
Number of battens: 7
Nose angle: 144°
 
Fledge III
 
Fledge III ET
 

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