Quicksilver is a line of single and two-place high wing, single-engine, ultralight aircraft that evolved from weight-shift hang gliders including Bob Lovejoy's High Tailer. The earliest powered version, the Quicksilver C, was created as a self-launching hang glider, designed to allow pilots who lived in the flatlands to be able to self-launch without a hill; the design evolved into an ultralight aircraft for powered cross-country flying. The aircraft line has been in production since the late 1970s and remains in production in 2018 by Quicksilver Aircraft of Temecula, California. Founded by Dick Eipper, Eipper Formance began manufacturing the early Bob Lovejoy-designed Quicksilver ultralights in the late 1970s when hang gliding was popular; the Quicksilver hang gliders differed from most hang gliders of that time period in that the Quicksilver had a rigid rectangular wing and a tail with a horizontal stabilizer and a rudder. At that time, the majority of hang gliders were simple. Eipper added a seat, a small engine behind the wing of the hang glider, the Quicksilver ultralight was born.
This aircraft was controlled by pushing a bar forwards and backwards, side to side, in the same way that hang gliders are controlled. This allowed the pilot to control the plane. Many pilots wanted an aircraft, controlled with a stick and rudder, similar to the way "typical" light airplanes are controlled, so Eipper added rudder and elevator control surfaces to the Quicksilver ultralight, giving it two axes of control; this aircraft was called the Quicksilver MX. The high dihedral of the wings caused the plane to bank when the aircraft was turned with the rudder, but there was no direct means of controlling the roll axis of the airplane—the aircraft only rolled in response to the yaw axis. Pilots still wanted a true three-axis control ultralight, so Eipper added spoilerons; the spoilerons were only minimally effective, providing only a minimal amount of control over the roll axis. The next generation of MX had true ailerons; the single-seat Quicksilver MX not only complies with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, but was in fact the aircraft around which the rules were developed.
The Quicksilver was the most popular ultralight aircraft design when the regulations were first drafted in the early 1980s. The Quicksilver MX evolved over the years. A two-seat model was added for training purposes, although the two-seater was not an ultralight. Eipper Formance changed their name to Eipper Aircraft and Quicksilver Aircraft, they are still in business, although they are not producing aircraft in the quantity that they were at the height of the ultralight craze in the mid 1980s; the current production MX Sports and Sprints are built from anodized aluminum tubing, fastened together with bolts. The wings and tail are covered with pre-sewn Dacron envelopes. Reported construction times from the kit are 30–40 hours. In the summer of 1982, Peter Burgher modified a Quicksilver MX-1 with longer wings, larger fuel tanks, modified carburetor jets flew from Utica, Michigan to St. Petersburg, Florida on an endurance flight setting 56 world and national records. Quicksilver C The C model was the earliest powered version and consisted of the Quicksilver hang glider, including the weight-shift sling seat, with a McCulloch MAC 101 powerplant of 12 hp, a V-belt reduction drive and a 1.7 US gal fuel tank.
The rudder is deflected by movement of the sling seat to create a coordinated turn. The engine is mounted in pusher configuration at the trailing edge of the wing. There is no landing gear. Quicksilver E An evolution of the C design the E is a new design which incorporates tricycle landing gear, including a fixed, non-steerable nosewheel, but no brakes; some E models have been flown on floats. The standard engine is a Yamaha go-cart engine; the E maintains the use of a weight-shift sling seat acting on the rudder, although it acts on the elevator through a servo tab attached to the seat to boost weight-shift control authority. Quicksilver MX Sprint The Sprint is an evolution of the E model, with a fixed seat and three-axis controls and a steerable nosewheel; the Sprint features 2/3 span ailerons. The standard engine is the 40 hp Rotax 447 which gives a cruise speed of 50 mph. Quicksilver MX Sport The Sport is an evolution of the Sprint, with the addition of a double-surface wing; the standard engine is the 40 hp Rotax 447 which, combined with the double surface wing, gives a cruise speed of 53 mph.
Quicksilver MX-2 Sprint The MX-2 Sprint is a two-seat in side-by-side configuration ultralight trainer that features a cable-braced single surface wing. The standard engine is the 50 hp Rotax 503; the Rotax 582 engine of 64 hp is optional. Quicksilver MXL-2 Sport The MXL-2 Sport is a two-seat in side-by-side configuration ultralight trainer that features a cable-braced double surface wing; the standard engine is the 50 hp Rotax 503 which, combined with the double surface wing, gives a cruise speed of 54 mph. The Rotax 582 engine of 64 hp is optional. Quicksilver Sport II The Sport II is a two-seat in side-by-side configuration ultralight trainer that features a strut-braced double surface wing; the standard engine is the 50 hp Rotax 503 which, combined with the double surface wing, gives a cruise speed of 54 mph. The Rotax 582 engine of 64 hp is optional. Quicksilver Sport 2S Updated and developed version of the Sport II with a wider tailboom, 68" propeller, increased gross weigh
Quicksilver is the sixth album by American psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. Released in November 1971, it was the first album without original members John Cipollina and David Freiberg. Nicky Hopkins had left at this point to continue his successful journeyman career. Only Gary Duncan and Greg Elmore remained from the original quartet; the album saw a major decline in sales: whereas their previous four albums had reached the Top 30 on Billboard, Quicksilver failed to dent the Top 100. All songs written by Dino Valenti except. Side one"Hope" – 3:01 "I Found Love" – 3:56 "Song for Frisco" - 4:58 "Play My Guitar" – 4:38 "Rebel" – 2:02Side two"Fire Brothers" – 3:12 "Out of My Mind" – 4:34 "Don't Cry My Lady Love" – 5:13 "The Truth" – 6:58 Dino Valenti – guitar, flute, percussion Gary Duncan - guitar, vocals Mark Naftalin –organ, piano Mark Ryan – bass Greg Elmore – drums, percussion AlbumBillboard
The Invisible Man (2000 TV series)
The Invisible Man is a Sci-Fi American television series starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Eddie Jones, Shannon Kenny and Michael McCafferty. It aired for two seasons, from June 9, 2000 to February 1, 2002; the plot revolves around Darien Fawkes, a thief facing life imprisonment, recruited by a spy agency, short on funds, given the power of invisibility via implantation of a special "Quicksilver gland" in his head. The gland allows Fawkes to secrete a light-bending substance called "Quicksilver" from his pores and follicles; the substance coats his skin, nails and whatever he is carrying, renders him invisible. He can consciously release the Quicksilver, which flakes off and disintegrates. However, the Quicksilver gland was sabotaged at its creation by scientist Arnaud DeFehrn to release a neurotoxin that accumulates in the bloodstream and causes intense pain, followed by antisocial behavior and psychosis; the host requires regular doses of "counteragent" to keep him sane and healthy, controlled by the government agency.
This series lasted for two seasons, before being cancelled due to cost issues and internal bickering between the Sci Fi Channel and its then-parent company, USA Networks. The show's first season ran concurrently in first-run syndication as well as on Sci-Fi. Despite its science fiction and action elements, the series' plot deals with a variety of adult themes such as freedom of choice and state bureaucracy; the Invisible Man is both a comedy with buddy cop elements. Episodes were of two types. Many centered on cases given to Hobbes by The Agency; these dealt with assassinations or government experiments that had run amok. During the first season, The Agency was given a nemesis agency called Chrysalis, behind the week's conspiracy. Alternatively, episodes dealt with Fawkes' quest to have the gland removed from his head and/or to reduce his dependency on the counteragent, his unorthodox methods included reviving the mind of his dead brother and periodically contacting Arnaud DeFehrn, one of the gland's creators, though these encounters ended with one of the two in pain.
The agency considered the gland too great an asset to remove so Fawkes' personal quest brought him in direct conflict with those in power. Episodes begin with a voice-over by Fawkes who would open with a famous quote and comment about what he was thinking; the voice over would reemerge at the end of the episode to sum up Fawkes' opinion on the mission or allow him to voice lingering questions. At the conclusion of the series, Fawkes had been given a new counteragent that permanently cured him of quicksilver madness- his body having become immune to the standard counteragent- but after returning to his old thieving career and another stint at the FBI, he returned to the Agency to continue fighting Chrysalis; the following is a list of characters featured in the American science fiction series The Invisible Man. This list may not list characters. Darien Fawkes Darien Fawkes is a former career criminal and catburglar, who received multiple misdemeanor convictions and two felony convictions before he was thirty.
Darien is described as having an "above-average intellect", capable of being deceptive. He and his brother Kevin were raised on a farm by their aunt and uncle after their mother died and their father left them. While Kevin became a scientist, Darien began a career as a thief while still in his teens. After being caught because he stopped to give CPR to a heart-attack victim, he was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole under California's three strikes law; this was where his older brother, stepped in. Kevin was a research scientist, working on a top-secret project, he cut a deal with his bosses to get Darien out of prison in exchange for using him as a test subject. When Darien agreed, he was implanted with the Quicksilver gland, but Kevin's rush to remove Darien from prison meant that he implanted the gland before devising a way to remove it without killing the recipient. One of the other scientists, Arnaud DeFehrn, was a terrorist that had infiltrated the project, led an attack on the research facility that caused Kevin's death and the loss of most of the project research.
Darien was unwillingly drafted into The Agency, who had funded the project. In exchange for the counteragent he needed to stay sane, Darien agreed, albeit reluctantly, to be an agent under their employment. Upon working with The Agency, Darien develops an affinity for his co-workers and opts to continue working there after his dependency on counteragent is cured by Claire, he has high morals for a career criminal – he could have escaped after his final break-in except he surprised the elderly owner into a heart attack, stayed behind to perform CPR. He is a talented thief with expert-level breaking and entering skills, learned from his many incarcerations, finds these skills quite useful in his new career as an espionage agent, his trademark expression is "Oh, crap." said when he realizes he just got himself in trouble, although he has a habit of quoting various other sources at least once in each episode. On one occasion, Darien was possessed by the personality of Simon Cole, the previous owner of the gland
Quicksilver is a British amusement arcade and gambling machine company. It is the UK's largest slot gambling machine operator, with over 200 high street outlets and about 10,000 gambling machines. Quicksilver describes itself as the "largest amusement business in the UK". In conjunction with their parent company, they operate three high street brands across the UK, Quicksilver and Winners, including eight at motorway service areas. In 2007, the profitability of the firm was hit when the British government introduced a new taxation regime for gambling and a smoking ban on commercial premises but the company has since recovered. Since 2012, Quicksilver have run the arcades at all Extra motorway service stations in the UK, from 2013, the arcade at the Folkestone service station on the M20. In 2013, Talarius and Quicksilver left the trade body BACTA after becoming dissatisfied with the direction it was taking but rejoined in 2014 following the appointment of John White as chief executive. In September 2015, Playtech reached a deal to provide its software to 92 of Talarius' Quicksilver-branded UK high street "adult gaming centres".
In July 2016, Gamestec a subsidiary of Novomatic, extended their logistics contract to provide "extensive network and infrastructure capacity" for a third year to over 180 Quicksilver outlets. Quicksilver is part of Talarius, owned by the Australian Tatts Group from 2008 until it was sold to Austrian company Novomatic in June 2016. Media related to Quicksilver at Wikimedia Commons
Quicksilver is a 1986 American drama film written and directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly and starring Kevin Bacon. The film, distributed by Columbia Pictures stars Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Rudy Ramos. Jack Casey is a young floor trader who loses all of his company's and family's savings on a risky business decision. Deflated and disenchanted with his profession, he becomes a bicycle messenger. Casey has to deal with his girlfriend, who are disappointed with his new job. Along with the colorful characters that work with him, he saves a troubled young woman named Terri from a gang. Although frustrated, Casey enjoys the freedom, he uses his education and business acumen to help his co-workers. When some of them are involved in dangerous or difficult matters, Casey must decide whether he should become involved; those matters lead to a sinister web of intrigue. Casey makes a killing on the stock market, restoring his family's fortune and securing his friends' financial future.
Kevin Bacon as Jack Casey Jami Gertz as Terri Paul Rodriguez as Hector Rodriguez Rudy Ramos as Gypsy Andrew Smith as Gabe Kaplan Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Mr. Casey Laurence Fishburne as Voodoo Louie Anderson as Tiny Charles McCaughan as Airborne David Harris as Apache Whitney Kershaw as Rand Joshua Shelley as Shorty Georgann Johnson as Mrs. Casey The film's theme song is "Quicksilver Lightning" by Giorgio Moroder and Dean Pitchford. Performed by Roger Daltrey - the B-side being "Love Me Like You Do", written by Andy Nye and taken from Daltrey's solo album Under A Raging Moon – it was a minor hit on the pop charts; the film score was composed by Tony Banks, of Genesis fame. Other music is contributed by performers such as Peter Frampton. "The Motown Song" would be covered by Rod Stewart with The Temptations in 1991 and would become a hit on the pop charts. "Quicksilver Lightning" – Roger Daltrey "Casual Thing" – Fiona "Nothing At All" – Peter Frampton "Shortcut to Somewhere" – Fish and Tony Banks "Through the Night" – John Parr and Marilyn Martin "One Sunny Day/Dueling Bikes from Quicksilver" – Ray Parker Jr. and Helen Terry "The Motown Song" – Larry John McNally "Suite Streets-From Quicksilver" - Thomas Newman "Quicksilver Suite I/Rebirth/The Gypsy" – Tony Banks "Quicksilver Suite II/Crash Landing" – Tony Banks The DVD for Quicksilver was released on December 10, 2002 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film received negative reviews and as of August 2013 has only a 15% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews. In The New York Times, Walter Goodman wrote "As long as the characters are doing stunts or whizzing impossibly through city traffic to a strong rock beat, there's something to watch. For the rest of the time, Quicksilver is as much fun as a slow leak." In 2008, Kevin Bacon called the film "the absolute lowest point of my career." Quicksilver on IMDb
The Quicksilver GT500 is a family of strut-braced, high-wing, pusher configuration, tricycle gear aircraft built by Quicksilver Aeronautics of Temecula, California. The aircraft is available as a completed ready-to-fly aircraft; the GT500 was developed for the Sportplane class of the primary aircraft category, on 26 July 1994 became the first aircraft certified in that category. Reviewer Noel Bertrand said of this: " may sound like a dry achievement, but speaks volumes for its design integrity. Not its flight behaviour is excellent."The aircraft's nomenclature is unclear as the manufacturer refers to it variously as the GT500, GT 500 and the GT-500. The FAA certification calls it the GT500; the GT500 is constructed from aluminium tubing, bolted together. The aircraft is covered in pre-sewn Dacron envelopes, with the forward fuselage made from fiberglass; the wing features half-span flaps. The GT500 has two seats in tandem, with dual controls featuring control columns with yokes. A 1991 upgrade included optional doors that are zippered into place adding 10 kn of cruise speed, steel landing gear legs with dual brakes and an electric starter.
GT400 Single-seat version equipped with a 40 horsepower Rotax 447 two-stroke or 50 hp Rotax 503 two-stroke engine. Standard empty weight is 276 pounds and gross weight is 570 pounds. Marketed as the GT. Estimated construction time from the kit is 70 hours and 530 had been completed and flown by 2011. GT500 Two-seats-in-tandem version powered by a 64 hp Rotax 582 two-stroke or a 80 hp Rotax 912UL four-stroke; the now out-of-production 74 hp Rotax 618 two-stroke was a available option. Other options include a ballistic parachute system and crop dusting system. Estimated construction time from the kit is 185 hours and 450 had been completed and flown by 2011; the GT500 is certified in the US primary aircraft category, but only when equipped with the Rotax 582 powerplant. Data from Manufacturer and Type CertificateGeneral characteristics Crew: one Capacity: one passenger Length: 20 ft 5 in Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in Height: 6 ft 6 in Wing area: 155 sq ft Empty weight: 575 lb Gross weight: 1,000 lb Fuel capacity: 16 U.
S. gallons Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, two-stroke aircraft engine, 64 hp Propellers: 3-bladed carbon fiber ground adjustable, 6 ft diameterPerformance Maximum speed: 88 mph with doors installed Cruise speed: 79 mph with doors installed Stall speed: 39 mph flaps down, power off Never exceed speed: 103 mph Range: 215 mi with doors installed Service ceiling: 12,500 ft g limits: +6.0/-3.0 ultimate Maximum glide ratio: 7.5:1 with doors installed Rate of climb: 650 ft/min Wing loading: 6.45 lb/sq ft Aircraft of comparable role and era Spectrum Beaver Birdman Chinook Official GT400 website Official GT500 website Photo of GT400
"Quicksilver Lightning" is a song by Roger Daltrey, who at the time was the former lead singer of The Who. The track is credited as being composed by Giorgio Moroder; the track is the theme tune for the 1986 film Quicksilver starring Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Rudy Ramos. The film was directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly; the film went quite unnoticed, so both the song and the film are not remembered. The song was released as a single on April 1986, was a minor success on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts, reaching number 11. A large portion of the music video was filmed in San Francisco, with parts of the video featuring Daltrey recording the song in a studio; the video begins with Daltrey in a taxicab, looking at documents called "Quicksilver", while Jack Casey rides behind him. He gets out of the cab and walks into a recording studio begins singing the song; the video cuts between Daltrey singing and scenes from the film. The song was released as the B-side to the single, Hearts of Fire from Daltrey's seventh solo studio album Can't Wait to See the Movie, in 1987.
The B-side Love Me Like You Do, written by Andy Nye, was included as track six on Daltrey's sixth solo album, Under a Raging Moon, but only on the CD and tape versions, not the record version. Other than the original single release, the track is only available on the 2005 compilation album, Moonlighting: The Anthology, released by Sanctuary. Singles - Billboard Singles Roger Daltrey discography