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Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:45 pm
by Everard
In 1976, Rich Piccirilli, Jeff Fogleman and John Posson were the first (maybe the only) pilots to launch hang gliders off the tallest peak in Bryce Canyon National Park.


I am surprised to see them hooking their boots over the rear wires like that. Even with shoelaces, rather than the lace hooks that caught a wire and killed a pilot in Britain in I think 1975, the potential for snagging is there.

Man, what a landing zone!

Now, that's what I call real Bryce 3-D! (Referring to the graphics software named after the canyon...)

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:22 pm
by DMarley
Wow!!

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:43 pm
by sg
That curvy landing approach was NO JOKE :shock:

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:18 pm
by kukailimoku2
I can't imagine scoping that out and looking at that dry riverbed and thinking "yup, let's just land there".

Cojones for sure.

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:16 am
by mario
Great find!
I happened to meet Rich Piccirilli hanging out at the Hemet airport about two years ago and he told me that he was the first to start using reserve chutes with hang gliders. I didn’t remember ever knowing that. Luckily, due to this movie, I found this one that tells more about that :

There is also the three man Half Dome flight:

You can find a few more hang gliding videos looking through the other interesting videos of Randy Forbes.

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:52 pm
by NMERider
mario wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:16 am
Great find!
I happened to meet Rich Piccirilli hanging out at the Hemet airport about two years ago and he told me that he was the first to start using reserve chutes with hang gliders....
Cool! Just found this too:

Re: Bryce Canyon, 1976

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:07 pm
by BubbleBoy
Such cool video / footage.

Thanks to all who are posting this stuff up. Just amazing history.

JB