Cool Kites

A Small But Intriguing Gallery

I promise you, there are some seriously cool kites in this small but high-quality collection of images! There was no real point in trying to categorize, so here they are, 12 of them from top to bottom. I found something cool about each one, and you will obviously have your own preferences. So scroll all the way down :-)

Cool kites sometimes have eyes painted on, making them 'come alive'!

Over there, a classic Delta from an old but well-known kite company. 

Who knows how many thousands of kids (and adults!) considered this design cool enough to rush out and buy it! Those eyes can be seen from quite a distance... You have to wonder what effect they have on various bird species. Would the birds be curious, or just scared witless?

Check out this seriously cool Stowaway Delta on Amazon. Few kites get such consistently high reviews.

Photo courtesy of Yamashita Yohei.





This Diamond looks pretty cool with its 'sunglasses'.

Photo courtesy of
Norhendra Ruslan.










What's the first thing you think of, associated with the word 'cool'? Sunglasses, right? So, this snazzy Diamond kite just has to be cool! If it's a retail kite, I bet it sells pretty well too.





Cool can also mean super-artistry, as with this Dragon kite.

Photo courtesy of
Brian Snelson.



A well-crafted and colored 3D Dragon can't fail to get attention! Particularly if it is reasonably big and long. I thought this one was pretty cool. As you can imagine, making one of these is quite a project. Sort of like doing a painting and making a large model aircraft all rolled into one!





A very cool kite modeled after a flying pre-historic creature.

Photo courtesy of
Pamela Carls.



This pretty cool kite is in the same vein as the previous one, except it is based on a real rather than a fictional creature. I thought the limbs really set it off, despite most of the representation just being painted on. Or perhaps sewn on! I've read that these kinds of kites can be quite difficult to 'get right' in terms of flyability. This one seems to be hanging up there OK.





A traditional box kite in flight.

Photo courtesy of
John Pearson.





In one sense, this isn't so cool since it's just a fairly ordinary traditional Box kite. But I thought the photo was exceptional. It's rare to see a decent shot of both flier and kite like this. It just makes you want to go out and fly a Box kite! Which is cool.

On second thoughts, it's actually a rather neatly constructed and attractive kite, despite being a fairly small traditional Box design...






A cool and colorful Delta Conyne kite in flight.

Photo courtesy of
'Wildcat Dunny'.


When it comes to box kites, the larger the better. This Delta Conyne looks good in its livery of warm and cool colors, despite not being a huge kite. I think, since it's hard to tell with nothing else in the picture! What's cool about these kites is that they combine the stability of the Box design with lots of extra lifting power from those Delta-kite wings.





A blue Phantom Jet kite. Pretty cool from a kid's perspective!

Photo courtesy of
Mike Baird,
flickr.bairdphotos.com
.






For many kids out there, airplane designs make very cool kites indeed. Like this blue Phantom jet. If you can't afford the RC variety, a semi-scale design like this can be a reasonable substitute. Ummm well .... ;-)

Oh by the way, notice the 4-leg bridle. Unusual on such a small kite. But then again, a jet fighter just wouldn't look right, wiggling and swooping around erratically on a 1 or 2-leg bridle!






A cute and adorable Penguin inflatable kite. But BIG.

Photo courtesy of 'CrabChick'.


Now, I'm not a huge fan of inflatables. They are cool kites and good crowd-pullers at festivals, but I don't think I would ever find a reason to actually own one. However, having said that, don't you think that this Penguin inflatable is cute and quite adorable! Despite being as big as a small elephant...





A huge green Gecko inflatable.

Photo courtesy of
Mike Baird,
flickr.bairdphotos.com
.





Talking about crowd-pullers, how's this enormous Gecko inflatable! They have big bulging eyes on top of the head, which are not visible in this shot.

The Gecko just hangs there, swimming with some subtlety in the breeze. Legs and tail moving about slowly. Even the toes stay fully inflated, as the whole thing rides the wind.

This horrendously expensive but impressive creation is a lot bigger than the penguin, I'm fairly sure.






Twin Flexifoils - speedy and powerful!

Photo courtesy of
Tim Fields.

Just looking at the somewhat plain image, you might wonder how these could really be cool kites... But if you were there holding the handles, your breath would be taken away by the sheer speed and power of this set of twin Flexifoils! Cool kites indeed. Particularly if you are a stunt kite enthusiast, or any power kite flier.





A replica of a Wright Brothers kite.

Photo courtesy of Cliff.





Occasionally, I come across a maker of replica historical kites. These kites are cool because it's like looking way into the past. In full color, not sepia.

This aircraft-like design is a replica of the Wright Brothers' kite. Or at least, one of the models they made before tackling a full-size one that functioned as a fully controllable glider.






Eye-catching Delta kite with triangular trailing edge cutouts.

Photo courtesy of
the Poissant Family.



A nice Delta, which has an unusual trailing edge shape. The large triangular cut-outs divide the edge into 3 sections, which is then accentuated by the 3 identical tails. It's a good, eye-catching look!





Hope you enjoyed this collection of cool kites! As for having your own...

Check out this one - the Stowaway Delta on Amazon. Looks good, flies good and can put up with a few accidents.

 

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