Flying the Mosquito
Wind Drifter
"I hitched a ride with the wind
And since he was my friend
I just let him decide where we'd go"
Wildflowers - Dolly Parton

About Wind Drifter

Wind Drifter was the name of a small hang gliding school (I was the only Instructor) that operated near State College, PA in the late 80's and early 90's. I've kept the name just in case time and circumstances ever allow me to get back to teaching again.

Some things seem to have a way of coming around again if you wait long enough. The first glider I flew from the mountains (1981) was a single surface bowsprit glider called a Mosquito. As you can see, whoever designed it must have owned stock in an aircraft cable company, it had more wires than any other glider I've ever seen!

Mosquito Hang Glider

Now, 20 30 years later my newest flying toy is again a Mosquito, although this time it is a powered harness that bears the name. [Well, now it is actually 40 years later, and my newest flying toy is a Falcon 195 glider, to make it easier on this gimpy old body. Haven't yet tried it with the Mosquito].

Mosquito NRG and Airborne Sting

This web site is devoted primarily to foot launched flying, and because the Mosquito is my newest adventure, most of what you see will be about that!

Richard Cobb
(from the Mountains of Virginia)

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