Hang Gliding & Microlighting

A collection of photos, newspapers and magazine articles that I have collected over the years. Just click on to any subject you wish to view.

I first became interested in Hang Gliding after watching an English children's Television program known as 'Magpie'. I wrote a letter that evening to the Television station and within a few short weeks I was in contact with Ken Messenger the owner of Birdman Sport Based in Wiltshire. Later I teamed up with David Cook who along with Chris Tansley and Neil Moran helped me learn to fly my Albatross180. Although I must mention Chris's McBroom Hang Glider. We all nick-named it the "McBrick" because its L/D performance was a mere 1/1. The McBrick had been built by Brian Griffith's and David was convinced that Brian used his wife's 3rd choice table cloth to make the sale. On one particular occasion when we all went to Dunstable, the local site safety officer declared that it still had a couple of hours flying time left in it. If you would like to read a more detailed account you could go to Chapter 16 of my Autobiography which covers my Hang Gliding exploits or even Chapter 17 which covers the microlighting years.

I have great respect for David and all he has achieved in the aviation world and over the years I have followed his career very closely. To the point where I have set up a page on this site where I can display all of the newspaper cuttings and photos I have been lugging around the world for more than twenty years. I've finally decided that now is the time to let the world have a look at what we got up to together during the 70's and early 80's. If you take a look at David Cooks web-site you will not be disappointed. I went on to fly all of the new Hang Gliders that came out of the Birdman factory, right up to the late 70's, when like several other flyers I got the urge to strap an engine on to the glider. That first machine was powered by a 160cc Velmet engine, very small but it worked. Although I must give full credit to Ray Watering, Mick Starling and once again David who gave me a lot of help. From there I slowly moved up in the market, as several new machines suddenly started popping up all over the country. However, once again you can read a more detailed account of this if you go to my Autobiography. The following is a collection of Photos, Magazine and Newspaper cuttings about myself and the history of Hang Gliding and Microlighting as I saw it all develope from the early 70's right up until I left the fair shores of jolly old England and headed for a new life in New Zealand, a move that would rob me of the chance of becoming the very first FIA Gold Award winner in the world. Although it is comforting to know that I did receive the very first Bronze and later the Silver award.


A Cherokee from Solar Wings Marlbough taken at Corton 10th June 1979


Click 01 History of the Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club

Click 02 Photo Gallery SCFHGC

Click 03 The British Hang Gliding History website

Click 04 Photo Gallery New Zealand Trikes

Click 05 Photo Gallery Hang Gliding in General

Click 06 BMAA Flight Line Magazine about Terry 1981-89

Click 07 Terry's Microlight Distance Record

Click 08 Woburn Abbey Fly-in report

Click 09 Ipswich Airport Fly-in

Click 10 Flying in New Zealand Newspaper cutting 1985 to 1988

Click 11 General Newpaper Cuttings about early Hang Gliders

Click 12 General Newspaper Cuttings about early Microlights

Click 13 Hang Gliding Licence's and Club Memberships

Click 14 Microlight Licence's, Memberships and Awards

Click 15 Hang Glider-Helicopter near miss at Mundesley

Click 16 Norfolk Hang Gliding Club video clips

Click 17 The SCFHGC Testimonial presented to Terry

Click 18 My 2nd Microlight the U.A.S. Storm Buggy

Click 19 Birdman Sports Promotions early H/G leaflets

Click 20 Solar Wings Hang Gliders and Trike units

Click 21 Graham Slater's Ultra Sports Trike Units

Click 22 Letter from Brian Milton to Terry

Click 23 Accidental Parachute Deployment at Mere 1980