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The birdmen of Selsey. Those magnificent men with their weird flying machines

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The birdmen of Selsey. Those magnificent men with their weird flying machines

The birdmen of Selsey.
Those magnificent men with their weird flying machines assembled at Selsey, Sussex to pit their skills against the forces of gravity in an attempt to win a £ 3, 000 prize for making a 50-yard flight from the pier.
Hang-glider David Cook takes off but he is being helped. August 1975

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The Birdmen of Selsey - Defying Gravity with Weird Flying Machines

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. In this print from August 1975, we are transported back to the coastal town of Selsey, Sussex. Here, a group of daring individuals known as "The Birdmen" have gathered to showcase their extraordinary flying contraptions and compete for a coveted £3,000 prize. As the crowds eagerly gather along the pier, anticipation fills the air. Amongst them is hang-glider David Cook, ready to take flight and challenge the forces of gravity head-on. With his unique flying machine strapped securely to his back, he prepares for an exhilarating journey into the unknown. However, upon closer inspection of this remarkable image captured by Mirrorpix's lensman, it becomes apparent that Cook is not alone in his quest for flight. A helping hand can be seen subtly assisting him during takeoff – a testament to both camaraderie and determination within this tight-knit community. Transported back to an era where aviation was still in its experimental stages, we witness these magnificent men pushing boundaries and defying conventional wisdom with their unconventional designs. Their weird flying machines stand as symbols of human ingenuity and unwavering spirit. This stunning photograph encapsulates not only a moment frozen in time but also represents an era when dreams took flight against all odds. It serves as a reminder that sometimes it takes courage and collaboration to soar above limitations – even if just for 50 yards along Selsey's picturesque coastline.

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