Wing Rib Bag, Delta Wing Streak 130

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Bill Bennett, the hang gliding pioneer who founded Delta Wing Kites and Gliders in 1969, lost his leading designer, Richard Boone, in 1982. Without Boone, the company was hard-pressed to remain in the technological race to sell innovative, high-performance hang gliders. Bennett hired a new chief designer, Robert England, and immediately put him to work designing a new competition hang glider design to replace the aging Phoenix Viper (see NASM collection).

England produced the Streak. It was the most advanced Delta Wing hang glider yet built but the design embodied nothing new. England borrowed heavily from the Ultralite Products Comet introduced two years earlier. The area covered by the lower wing fabric increased again over previous models, to more than 87 percent. This covering could also be completely removed to ease assembly or to inspect and service the internal structure.

Wingspan: 8.8 m (29 ft)

Length: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)

Weights: Empty, 25 kg (55 lb)

Gross, 107 kg (235 lb)

Gift of Bill Bennett.