Launching Hjordis I: Although the span is 50 ft., the chord is very narrow, and the wing loading is unusually high for sailplanes. On this machine Mr. Wills broke the British distance record by flying from Dunstable to Lowestoft, 105 miles.
Hjordis I over Sutton Bank. The first really high-performance sailplane designed and built in England (by Slingsby Sailplanes of Kirby Moorside). Stability has been to some extent sacrificed to performance. Controls are very effective, but have no "feel," and Hjordis gathers speed very rapidly indeed if the nose is allowed to fall by 2 or 3 degrees.
INTERNATIONAL: A scene at the Wasserkuppe on the first day of the International Gliding Competition. In the foreground can he seen Mrs. Ronald Price at the wing tip of her King Kite, while behind is the Hjordis, which is being handled by Messrs. P. A. Wills and J. C. Neilan.