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Who invented the first backplate and wing?

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by Jorbar1551, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Jorbar1551

    Jorbar1551 Dive Resort

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CSU-Monterey Bay
    Anyone know what company invented the first backplate and wing? Any pictures?
  2. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    I doubt a company did it more likely a cave diver who decided his horse collar bcd would work better sandwiched between his tanks and the hard plastic backplate
  3. *Floater*

    *Floater* Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Here, there and everywhere
  4. MSilvia

    MSilvia Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cohasset, Massachusetts USA
    It was first a do-it-yourself project by a diver, not a dive industry invention.
  5. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Solo Diver

  6. FredT

    FredT Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: The remains of the MS Gulf coast
    The first wing was on the Scuba Pro BCP that was introduced in the early '70s with a harness equipped simple molded pack. The BP/W combo is the best clone of that early nearly perfect system. SP in their "infinite wisdom" stopped supporting the BCP at about the same time the pattent ran out.

  7. donacheson

    donacheson Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maryland
    Well, in 1978 I bought a well-used Watergill AT PAC which I still have. The patent (3,670,509) for it was filed in 1970.

    The "backplate" was hollow to accomodate weight (lead shot). Nice system, but worthless for travel.
  8. Cheekymonkey

    Cheekymonkey I'm a Goofy Monkey

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: In a state of confusion.
    I think they are the origionals, as far as I know. Of course they didnt origionally have air cells.
  9. Gilldiver

    Gilldiver Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northeast US
    As you can see there are some early examples. Another one was a Mares had a quick change plate in the mid 60's. You could pull a pin and move the plate and harness between tanks. This was well before BC's.

    I credit the modern back plate and harness to DiveRite in the mid to late 80's. The back plate was ABS plastic and the BC was what they market as the Classic Wing.

    I have both around here somewhere.

    The Stainless Steel back plate is a Northeast wrecker invention that occured about 1990/91. The way I remember it, on the old dive boat Wahoo some divers were looking at the DiveRite plastic plate and talking about it being to flexable and how a metal one might be better. One of the divers worked in a sheetmetal shop and took the plastic plate and made knock offs of it in stainless steel for about 10 people. The next weekend he gave them out (each guy who got one had his name stamped into it). On that day there was another diver who just happened to be the owner of Ocean Management Systems (OMS).

    About three weeks later OMS applied for a patent on the Staninless Steel backplate and harness system.

    All the other plates are knockoff's from there - they just have to be 30% diffrent or so to get around the Patent.
  10. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    The early 70's saw lots of wing/backplate designs. SeaQuest, ScubaPro. Atpac, etc. all had pure back inflation designs on a fixed backplate. My fav was the SQ BCP it was a 33 lb. lift wing on a solid backpack. A good clean front profile.

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