Huntair Pathfinder II microlight aircraft, 1983.
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Modern microlight flying began in the late 1970s when small engines were attached to hang-gliders. The aircraft gradually evolved into a microlight aircraft with an undercarriage and a seat for the pilot. Today microlight aircraft are capable of carrying two people distances of 400 miles or more on a single tank of fuel safely and relatively comfortably.