War Does Not Determine Who Is Right, The Gryphon Glider Does

Monday, April 28, 2008

The technological advances of World War I made it one of the most gruesome "modern" wars, but the trickling of war-time technologies into civilian life has usually proven beneficial. And if nothing else, defense tech makes for some really neat toys. Hopefully, such is the case with the Gryphon, a stealth glider from SPELCO GbR which has recently been upgraded, now weighing in at only 30 pounds (thanks, in part, to its carbon fiber frame). It steers via hand held rotary controls that Ted Selker would have a field day with, and now features the option of weaponization.The Gryphon is intended for use by paratroopers doing high altitude drops (at speeds of up to 150 mph), making the pilots of the perfectly good planes the troopers hurl themselves out of safer by removing the need for combat zone proximity. While the Gryphon is currently only being developed for military use, SPELCO GbR notes that "It can be adapted fast and easily to special needs and requirements," one such adaptation being the addition of a small jet engine (normally used on unmanned military drones) to increase speed. I don't think I'm alone when I ask that one of these adaptations be a commercial version for all of us budding crimefighters out there.

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