I was watching Fringe Season 4 on DVD w/ Mrs.NMERider when a friend called to say there was this mini-documentary on LA Channel 4 NBC about a paralyzed former hang glider pilot. It's a short piece and please excuse the loud commercial that NBC4 force you to listen to before their Flash media player presents a volume control.
The former pilot, now-paralyzed high school football coach is John Johnson who crashed on landing after launching from Mt Wilson in 1984. I'll look through the USHPA archives for any details. I'm sure some old-school Sylmar pilots will recall this incident. _________________ There is nothing I do that others cannot equal or exceed: http://www.youtube.com/user/GlideLA/videos
That's a great piece on John Johnson. The power and will to accept and forge ahead.
I'm sure, in the beginning, it was a total bummer to figure out . _________________ H-4 (1976) UP Saturn 147 & UP Axis 13
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Chris rings a bell. He has wheels on his glider and they just roll him off the ramp when he tells them to. _________________ I will never be skilled or experienced enough at this activity that I can't get killed doing it.
And I catch myself whining and crying because I can't pick up my my heavy blade wing...I still got two legs to launch my new F-4 (When I get it that is)
Bro, you got my respect! _________________ Bamboo Bomber –Freeflight 17 ft STD – Cal Gliders Moth 18 ft STD - Cal Gliders 19X16 Short Keel - UP Dragonfly – Cal Gliders WindGypsy Mk 4 – Quicksilver M -Twenty years later… Wills Wing Falcon- Altair Saturn 167, Predator142. I'm getting old(er) Attack Falcon 170...