When Graeme Henderson asked Terry to assist him in the research of the John Dickenson story, and how he invented the modern hang glider, it planted a seed deep within Terry's head that eventually lead him to build this British Hang Gliding History web site.
The hang gliding community owes a great debt of gratitude to Terry Aspinall for all the hard work and time he spent gathering information, photos and videos about the history of hang gliding in the UK, and building this website to ensure our sport's history was preserved for future generations of pilots.
Terry first started building this website in 2007, and continued to maintain and update until 2014. Aware he wasn't getting any younger, he started to consider how best to secure the long term future of this website, and approached the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) to see if they would be interested in taking over the maintenance of the site.
Anxious to secure the future availability of such an important historical archive, the BHPA were only too happy to do so, and a timetable for an orderly hand over was agreed. To make maintenance a little easier, and to help secure the long term future of this website, in December 2019 it was moved to the UK datacentre that host the BHPA website.
But, as Terry would be the first to admit, the creation of this website was only made possible with the help and co-operation of the following individuals and organizations, and through the stories, photos and videos they contributed.