First Dual Line Kites

by Kevin Braswell
(Ocean City, MD, USA)

My name is Kevin Braswell. I grew up with my father Red Braswell tinkering with dual line kites. I remember in say 1976 0r 1977. A production-made dual line my Dad played with a lot. It was a dual line that fed to a single reel that had two arms about 30" apart... looked like a handle bars... with a flat reel in the center.

My Dad was friends with Peter Powell and he visited our home in Manassas VA several times. He and my father would fly together and draw design ideas on dinner napkins for hours...

Peter gave me some kites at one point in time that my father still had when he passed away.

I stood in a local park last night and watched a father and son team fly Flexfoils together, which reminded me of my Dad. One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to the Smithsonian Kite Festival every year and listening to Paul Garber tell war stories. Just thought I would say hello.

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by: Tim Parish

Thanks Kevin for those personal glimpses into the history of 2 liners. A fascinating post for many who visit these pages :-)

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7