ESG Personal Flying Wings

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Gryphon Wings

A new parachute system known as the Gryphon has been designed by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Dräger (not sure how you’re meant to pronounce that). The Gryphon enables parachutists to fly through the air at high speed before opening their chutes, so they could be dropped miles away and fly to their intended targets.

The ESG Gryphon is aimed at the military market, where upon parachutists can be dropped up-to 40 kilometres away from the landing pad and then glide their silently and near invisible to any radar cover.

The next stage of development is to add small turbo jet drives which will increase the range even further and allow take offs from much lower heights. Batman eat your heart out.

Thanks Jörg (of ESG) for the photograph.

11 reviews or comments

Uber-Review » Blog Archive » Gryphon, Fly Like A Superhero Says: May 31, 2006 at 5:35 pm

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Velmu Says: June 2, 2006 at 1:35 am

Forget not the Birdman: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/safety/detail_page.cgi?ID=613

reader Says: June 2, 2006 at 4:33 am

The next stage will not only add turbofans for 200+ km range, but also optional oxygen, GPS… quite a toy!

Kevin Says: June 2, 2006 at 6:25 am

Batman goes military!

Chuck Hague Says: June 2, 2006 at 11:36 am

If this guy was walking, he’d look like a penguin, which is ironic as, except for when fired from a cannon, penguins can’t fly.

Rick Says: June 17, 2006 at 10:38 pm

What you gotta do if you need to take a leak AFTER you put this thing on but before you take the leap?

david chu Says: September 27, 2006 at 5:08 pm

how to by a gryphon wing ? very interested, i am a parachute jumper.

david chu Says: September 27, 2006 at 5:09 pm

i want to be the first one to fly this in China !!! please tell me how to buy one. David Chu

badognobiscuit Says: October 28, 2006 at 2:08 am

i do have the newest updated pic of the front of this device but i don’t know how to post it to this site.

mike Says: October 28, 2006 at 2:10 am

i do have a updated photo for this device and a frontal shot showing the electronics and explaingin what the next generation featurees are but I do not know how to post a pic to this website

Eljah Carter Says: November 22, 2006 at 2:07 pm

I want to be the first one to operate this idea in Georgia. How much ? Please respond back soon.

Gryphon goes on a diet, gets ready for war » Coolest Gadgets Says: April 25, 2008 at 12:56 pm

[...] Back in 06 we reported on the ESG Gryphon Personal Flying Wing, and it had military applications written all over it, or, a cool opening scene to the next James Bond Flick. The latest version, rechristened the Gryphon Attack Glider by SPELLCO (the new company name), has slimmed down the weight by 30 pounds and also offers the ability to carry up to 100 pounds of onboard gear and even carry weapons hard points for mini missiles and bombs. Yowsa. And with a maximum glide speed of 135 MPH, that makes this not only an attack glider, but a serious special ops platform for attacking well behind enemy lines. [...]

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