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RGS glider

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:27 am
by stevebond
Does anyone have any photos of the school's Grasshopper glider, preferably being bungee-launched in the playing fields, but any will do?

Thanks and regards

Steve Bond
1958-63

Re: RGS glider

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:10 am
by Tony Hare
Welcome to the Forum Steve,
I remember the glider well myself, though my only contribution was helping to stretch the rubber launching cord on its very first flight at RGS.

Here's a photo of the Eton glider
http://richardflagg.fotopic.net/p54314081.html

You can read something about its manufacture here http://www.answers.com/topic/elliotts-primary-eon

I would love to have a photo of it being launched at RGS on my website.

Re: RGS glider

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:10 pm
by stevebond
Thanks Tony. Some lovely shots there by the way - I'm an avid aircraft photographer too.

Re: RGS glider

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:52 am
by Tony Hare
stevebond wrote:Does anyone have any photos of the school's Grasshopper glider, preferably being bungee-launched in the playing fields, but any will do?


Derek Jones owns a glider which we believe is the same as the one used by the school. You can see photos of Derek and his glider on http://www.rgs.tonyhare.co.uk/boys_pages/jones/jones.htm

I think the glider must have been delivered to the school in 1953. Can anyone confirm this date? And when did the glider last fly?

Re: RGS glider

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:41 am
by dereksharpuk
I remember flying the glider in 1960!