Jim Hobson died on April 26, 2013, complications from a needed surgery.
Full coverage is continuing at US Hawks: Jim Hobson
Jim Hobson, James Hobson
Through works of Jim Hobson, the world was shown a Rogallo
Hang Glider using the wing and triangle control frame, an A-frame.
Although he was not the first, the hang glider did appear on an important show in
1962. He also used the Los Angeles dunes at
Dockweiler Beach for some testing.
Dec. 28, 2012 report: " I
saw him about a year ago, I believe, and he was looking pretty good."
That is good news!
Anything about Jim Hobson, the Lawrence Welk Show director who involved
in hang gliding.James
Hobson is invited (some misspelling: Hobsen; I believe in some of
my office notes with him, I may have misspelled his last name. Be open
to research both spellings).
Desiring to post even more hang gliding history
I just did
my first join of EAA :
[ ] Confirmation of death notice and perhaps an obituary? Thanks.
NEWS CAME IN THAT HE WAS ALIVE IN 2011 CIRCA. Hope so!
[ ] Think 1961 and 1962 for key steps. Then he communicated withLow
& Slowin 1970.
[ ] Any notes on his hang gliding pursuits, building, trials, showings,
[x] I attach hereon for permanent OZ filing the front and back of a
working-office sheet where I might have misspelled his last name.
Exploring each item on the list could become part of this thread to get
into the mindset of Jim Hobson. His loaned items were only
then held by me. His scrapbook might exist yet in his surviving family
holds; I do not remember much about the entries
of the scrapbook; I only
know that I was impressed that he built and flew at Dockweiler, perhaps
a first years before Richard Miller's
Dockweiler flights. He was not
connected with Palmer, but was occurring in HG about the same time as
pretty-much a lone intrepid
explorer of the air and NASA-Rogallo-Ryan
influenced. The attached sheet (front and back) only give clues. Maybe
someone will contact
him and find the brown scrapbook for the
world of hang gliding.
It is hoped that a full interview might be had with Jim, perhaps
[ ] Photos?
[ ] Where is he? He was seen by JoeG in 2011circa.
Notice HOW EASY IT WAS FOR the editor
Hang Glider" inSept,
Some lead on the famous TV Show series (Anyone? We seek images from the
musical part that showed the Rogallo Hang Glider of James Hobson in
1962) And we seek contact with Jim. Hopefully the brown
scrapbook is still available. It would be great to talk
again with him.