British Hang Gliding History

Terry Aspinall

Terry Aspinall, the creator of this website This website is the brainchild of Terry Aspinall. He first started putting it together in 2007 with the aim of trying to ensure the history of how hang gliding first started in the UK, and grew during the 1970's and 1980' would be preserved for future generations. By 2014, aware that he wasn't getting any younger and s about the long term future of this website, Terry asked the BHPA if they would be interested in taking it over.

By Terry Aspinall

I would like to thank Graeme Henderson for asking me to assist him in the research of the John Dickenson story, and of how he invented the modern hang glider. The project planted a seed deep within my head that eventually lead me into building this British Hang Gliding History web site.

This would not have been possible without the help and co-operation of the following early hang gliding enthusiast, manufacturers and pilots, to you all from the bottom of my heart I thank you. Although Graeme gave me the original idea, without your input there would have been no web site.

Adrian Bradshaw, Andrew Hill, Andy Billingham, Arthur Duke, Bertie Kennedy, British Hang Gliding Association, British Microlight Aircraft Association, Bob Dear, Brian Gaskin, Brian Griffiths, Brian Harrison, Brian Milton, Chris Corston, David Worth, Dave Forty, Dave Watts, David Cook, David Bremner, David Massie, Don Liddard, Edmund Potter, Everard Cunion, Frank Tarjanyi, Geoff McBroom, Gerry Breen, Graham Drinkall, Greg Stokes, Haydn Kemmery, Jason Board, Jim Bond, John Clarke James (Jimmy) Potts, Joe Schofield, John Hunt, John (Rick) Ware, Ken Messenger, Ken de Russy (USA), Larry Dighera (USA), Len Gabriels, Les Hockin, Nick Regan, Mark Woodhams, Mick Broom, Miles Handley, Mike Burns, Mike Lake, Paddy Monro, Phil Chettleburgh, Roly Lewis-Evans, Simon Haynes, Simon Murphy, Stephane Malbos (Fr), Steve Pionk, Terry Haynes, Tony Fuell, Tony Prentice, Tony Williams.

If I've missed anyone, please accept my sincere apologies as I believe full credit should be given to all those who helped me build this website.

Terry Aspinall


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