JOHN BANGE
& THE PRIMARY GLIDER

In the 1930s Clifton based farmer John Bange wanted to fly. He decided to design and build his own aircraft and teach himself how to fly.

The "Azure Star" was adapted from a German designed Zoegling glider. 

First flown in 1932, it has celebrated its 50th and 60th anniversaries with a recreation of the original flight, including being towed by the same old Chevrolet car.  John Bange and his family took turns to fly the glider.

John Bange's passion for flight led to the formation of the Aviadell Gliding Club in the 1930s, sowing the seeds for today's Lone Eagle Flying School.

John Bange and the Azure Star primary glider