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The second comment about 240 sq ft etc. is about the Seagull III, not the 10meter [comments mouved to the Seagull III card]. I owned just about every glider Seagull made. The three was a big floaty air bag that was great to train on in the early '70s.

By the time the mid-70s rolled around, we had the Seagull V, which was an oddball with a modable rudder because it was difficult to control otherwise, the Seagull IV (which came afterward), a very nice, easy glider to fly with decent performance and good handling, then the 10-meter, the Seahawk, (an intermediate-level glider that was a lot of fun to fly), the Demon, which was an early attempt to make a viable double-surface glider, and then the company was sold and Mike Riggs was no longer running the show and the company lost its innovation and its market.

The 10 meter was my favorite Seagull glider. Light, responsive, beautiful to look at with those curved leading edges, it had a good clean sail for its day, and was reasonably competitive.

I flew it two years running in the Pepsi Grouse Mt. World INvitational in Vancouver, B.C., against legends like Steve Moyes, Joe Greblo, Jeff Scott and others from all over the world.

While I was no great contest pilot, I was scrappy. And the Seagull would forgive a lot of sins, as I could get inside a core of maybe fifty gliders all working the rocky face of Grouse Mt. and rise up through dozens of them in just a couple minutes. You could really stand that glider up on its wing tip and feel every nuance of the thermal.

I won my first heat in the first year of the contest against a guy in a humongous, but hard-to-handle, Canadian wing. I think his name was Bob Talbot, or Bob something. Anyway, he was a hot pilot, I was told, but it was so crowded in that stack, he didn't feel safe getting in the core with that big glider. I rose up and watched him boat around 1500 feet below me. He eventually fell out of the lift and landed at 25 minutes. I stayed up for the max of one hour, then cruised in to land for the easy victory.

A great, strong, stable, yet fast-rolling glider that I had many memorable flights on. Thanks to Mike Riggs and Bob Keeler for designing and perfecting a great wing for its day.


J'aimerai bien connaître le prix que pourrait valoir une seagull 11 meter...après tout, un ptérosaure vaudrait des millions d'euros...hey!


En 1979, à l'époque des Gryphons et Atlas, il était étonnant de voir des ailes cylindroconiques dans l'équipe américaine au Championnat du Monde de Grenoble. En effet ce profil aérodynamique semblait alors plus destiné aux pentes-école de part ses caractéristiques "pardonnantes".
Erreur ! La Seagull Ten Meter avait un excellent niveau de performance, et était parmi les meilleures en efficacité du pilotage. Une parfaite homogénéité. Seul bémol, son montage "à l'américaine" genre mécano, très en retard sur les pliages parapluie de plusieurs ailes européennes.
J'ai eu le plaisir de faire un échange d'aile avec un américain qui, comme moi, n'avait pas passé le 2ème "cut" de la compétition. Ce vol l'a impressionné par la pénétration unique du Gryphon, et moi par la précision de pilotage de sa Ten Meter.


I owned a custom 10.5 sq meter Seagull Glider and logged over a 146 hrs on this aircraft.Located in Vernon BC Canada a hangliding meca at that time there where so many pilots and glider designs to compare with. The performance of the 10 meter allowed myself to thermal with ease and with a quick roll rate was awesome for low G aerobatics. The deflexer system on the leading edge worked great for performance tuning. As a former Seagull dealer and instructor it was a sincere pleasure to have that line of gliders and manufacture support.

Peter York


It appears I have one of these (seagull 10 meter) without a harness but I need someone with experience to help me figure out what I can do with this. I am not sure how to rig it and don't know how to fly (hang gliders that is) I do have a private pilots license.


Cette aile, dont le trapèze n'était pas repliable, avait la particularité de posséder trois haubans sur chaque bord d'attaque. Elle était peu commode à monter de ce fait.
Mais quel régal au pilotage : douce, précise, très facile à décoller et à poser. J'ai eu le plaisir de la piloter à de nombreuses reprises à Gavarnie et une fois à Gedre. Je n'imagine même pas poser une autre aile dans ce lieu peu hospitalier pour ces appareils ( lignes hautes tensions, terrains exigus et en dévers....bordés d'arbres)


I have four Seagull aircraft; two Seahawk 190's and two 10.5 Meters, all made in 1978 (the best year for Seagulls). Two of these gliders have less than 10 hours on them!

Dave B.

If I remember right, the 10M series came out in 1978. I bought my 10.5M in Sept of '78 and flew it until '82.

I think the 10.5M might have been the best single surface glider of the time, before rigid battens came out. I was always at the top of the stack, even in the lightest of conditions. Control pressure was nice and light and it was a dream to land, even in no wind/ down wind conditions.

[Traduction du commentaire original en Anglais]
Quelqu'un sait ou je peux trouver une latte d'aile pour un Seagull 10 mètres?


I have a Seagull Ten Meter hanging in my parents' garage, stored there after less than 12 flying hours, undisturbed since 1981 (i.e. no parts missing). I hate to throw it into the landfill. Suggestions anyone?