John Dickenson

The inventor of the Modern Hang Glider in 1963

 

 
 
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23rd July 2012

THE inventor of the modern hang-glider, John Dickenson, has been awarded aviation's highest award, putting Grafton firmly on the world map as the birthplace of hang-gliding.

Mr Dickenson is the 2012 recipient of the distinguished FAI Gold Air Medal awarded by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which recognises the role he played as the engineer of the hang-glider, then known as the "ski-wing", which debuted in Grafton in 1963.

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22nd May 2012

The Hang Gliding Federation Australia

Acknowledged that John Dickenson was the inventor of the Modern Hang Glider in 1963 and presented him with an award

 

 

The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Awards their 2011 Presidential Citation to

Lisa Tate and John Dickenson

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From Ken de Russy (USA)

Ken de Russy's Hang Gliding Museum

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2006

The FAI awards John Dickenson their Hang Gliding Diploma

This Diploma was established by the FAI in 1979

It may be awarded every year to an individual who is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of hang gliding by his or her initiative, work or leadership in flight achievement.

The Diploma reads

John Dickenson invented the modern hang glider at Grafton, Australia. It was flown on 8 September 1963. John built scale models to determine design concepts, until a full sized glider was towed behind a speedboat. He incorporated the control bar into the airframe by designing the A-frame to distribute flight, refining this further when he invented the pendulum weight-shift control system. John developed the piloting techniques, and taught all the early pilots, including Hang Gliding pioneers Bill Moyes and Bill Bennett, to fly the wing. John Dickenson’s invention has been copied by every manufacturer globally, with few minor changes for over a decade.

 

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