ANN friend Dan Johnson
has informed us that a true legend in the hang gliding movement,
Bill Bennett, perished after an engine failure on takeoff downed
his trike, Thursday, 10.07.04.
Bill was killed on impact, but his passenger survived.
Dan notes that, "As much as anyone I know, Bill Bennett helped
give birth to modern hang gliding. His early exploits were the
stuff of legends...
New pilots may not even recognize the name as he left the
business many years ago, but he was a true character and his Bill
Bennett's Delta Wing Kites was one of the first successful hang
glider enterprises, once employing Bob Wills before Bob left to
start Wills Wing."
Bennett was an amazing and vocal spokesman for sport flying. A
July 4th 1969 flight around the Statue of Liberty, towed along by a
speedboat, excited thousands of people world-wide about the
possibilities of inexpensive soaring flight and helped to build
interest in the sport of hang gliding.