New PIK-7 Harakka II get’s maidened

Another PIK-7 Harakka II got it’s maiden some time ago. For rather nice video see below.

This marks really interesting milestone as normally large scale gliders are being aerotowed up or flown at slope. This is the first time I have seen successful winch launch and it is slightly hair raising. But then again, originally Harakka’s were bungee launched from slope or car-towed. So this video presents Harakka returning to it’s origins.

Here is nice vintage video of one of original Harakka’s being auto-towed. You must fast-forward to approx 2:00.

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