Research - Hang Glider and Engineering

Hang Glider

Hang gliders have been around since the 1800’s, with the first (relatively controllable) hang glider to be made and tested in the 188o’s by Otto Lilienthal - which successfully flew. The wings were controlled by weight shifts.

Hang gliding is often regarded as a dangerous, adventurous sport that does have a relatively high incident rate. But more recently, due to the design technologies, these hang glideres have become advanced ‘wing’ like structures that can create a long smooth glide from a high area, with good controls. Although they are not certified for aerobatic flight, they are still a popular hobby/extreme sport in pilots who are understand the dangers of flying these gliders.