Image: Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2b glider being launched at Lasham Airfield in UK
Description: A Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2b glider being launched with a winch at Lasham Airfield in the UK. A red parachute can just be seen at the edge of the picture. It is attached near the end of the cable to reduce the rate at which the cable falls to the ground after the pilot has released it. Near the parachute is a weak link. Provided the right link is used, this will break before any damage can be done to the glider by overstressing. (Note the bend in the wings from the downward component of the tension in the cable). Near the parachute are all the other weak links that are not used on this launch but will be used for heavier gliders.
Title: Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2b glider being launched at Lasham Airfield in UK
Credit: http://whiteplanes.com/gliders/gliders38.htm Originally uploaded to English Wikipedia by Jmcc150 at English Wikipedia
Author: Neil Stuart Lawson
Permission: Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of whiteplanes.com editor Neil Stuart Lawson.