This website was set up to
expose one of the great injustices of aviation history, along the way
we exposed the fact that it was caused by one of the greatest frauds in aviation history.
In September 1963 Rod Fuller
successfully flew the first Dickenson Wing.
The site of the first
flight was Grafton, NSW Australia.
This website is currently being
reconstructed to present this great Australian Story in full. Now that we
have corrected those injustices and John Dickenson and Rod Fuller
have been officially recognised as inventor and first pilot
respectively there is time for us to present the story. It may take a
little while as first we will be updating our other website, www.australian-hang-gliding-history.com
Since 2006 our research
has turned the story about hang gliding history on its head. Every
single book with a section on hang gliding history has been
During our research not one piece of evidence has been found to support the
enormous claims made by and about Francis Rogallo and his kite. It
appears that any role he may have played is disputable and
and that any role he might have played was so insignificant as to be unworthy of mention.
many claims made by and about Bill Moyes and
Bill Bennett have also been examined, and while they each made huge
contributions to the sport, neither of them invented the hang glider.
The many published claims about Bill Moyes saying that he was the first
to fly the wing are incorrect.
At least six people flew the Dickenson
Wings, some for many hours, and there were at least seven different
gliders flown in the three and a half years prior to Bill Moyes
That said, Bill Moyes was the most adventurous pilot and his bravery is beyond question. It can
also be said of Bill Moyes that the modern sport of hang gliding
was started from his efforts. His contribution to the sport is huge in many ways over many decades.
Also missing from the old historic accounts was
the role of Aerostructures, Mike Burns and Dick Swinbourne's company
that was building gliders for John from 1966.
Bill Moyes purchased an
off-the-shelf wing built to aircraft standards by a highly respected
aircraft engineer, with an all aluminium frame, proper steel cables and
fittings, with a sewn
sail, in 1967.
This was the glider Bill Moyes flew for his first record
Moyes taught Bill Bennett to fly the glider
and the pair started breaking each others records in a competition
that led to the world wide proliferation of the sport, after 1973
the sport is well recorded, now we know the true story of where
the modern hang glider came from.