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Sensor and Seedwings History

Beginning in 1971, Bob's first foot launched flights were on a Hang Loose. Those first flights and Volmer Jensen's VJ-23 were part inspiration for the Petrel footlaunchable project in the early 70s. The urgency to fly drove the creation of the Sunseed in 74 and 75. Practicality and popularity motivated the design of the Sensor. From 1975 through 1980, Seedwings built 160 hang gliders some of which (the later Sensor 210E) were HGMA certified. Before the Sensor 210 E model in 78, Seedwings built three dozen different designed Sensors. The creation of one new wing after another was not sustainable without some means of support. Seedwings settled on a course to produce the 210 E. During the heyday of hang gliding in the 1980s, Seedwings produced 1000 Sensor 510's. It seemed crazy at times but manageable to build that many hang gliders. In the 1990s a more conscious approach was taken on the new 610 model. Since Seedwings cares deeply about quality, safety and performance, it was difficult truly surpassing the highly evolved 510C and E models performance with the initial 610 prototypes. Perseverance and refinements of the prototype 610 succeeded in making the 610 a real improvement over its predecessor. The Sensor 610 series alone now has a successful history of refinement of its own that dates back over 15 years.

The early Sensors were developed within the first five-year period. As it turned out, the Sensor 510 series became a 10 year manufacturing venture. The Sensor 610 series with all of its versions and shape changes were designed to last in production for 20 years and more.

Seedwings is committed to making the current Sensor 610 F5 models and future gliders and flying machines the best they have ever been.

See photos of former Seedwings hang gliders in our album here.