The pioneering age of ultralights
from Air & Space Magazine
John Moody, an engineer from Ohio, launched the ultralight revolution the same year the National Air and Space Museum opened — in 1976. Considered today the father of ultralights, Moody had combined an Icarus II hang glider and a two-cycle motor, creating a new kind of flier, which he demonstrated at the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. His flights "just set the world on fire," says Russ Lee, curator of aeronautics at the Museum. "To see a guy put a thing on his back and run a few steps and take off was just magical."
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