Anyone who's been out flying kites will have a story or 2 to tell. Particularly, it seems, if a favorite kite managed to find it's freedom! Also, in this age of cheap and convenient digital photography, plenty of good kite imagery has been taken. Some of it ends up on-line, on sites like this one.
Feel like typing something in right now? Soon, you'll see your story pop up in the site blog page, which is under that what's new! link. Near the top left of this page, or touch the navigation button if mobile.
After a few weeks, your story will end up under one of the several categories below, as a permanent page on this site.
There's a few real gems to be found amongst the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site...
Anything less than about 200 words just gets deleted. Don't be offended - please try again and rave on for a while!
For many of us here, it's usually the last one we've made. But it might also be the last one you've bought.
If you've been flying something amazing recently, why not type in a few paragraphs about it here. Mention any details you think other kite fanciers might be interested in - you might get some comments!
It's time to show off your latest project or purchase :-)
Click below to read the stories and see photos from other kiting enthusiasts...
The Child is Father of the Man
What is my best kite? The stunt I had in the 70's? The one my two little daughters found flying in the 90's on its own, the last foot of line wedged between …
A Manx Kite
The name 'Manx' is from the language of the Isle of Man, which is the name of an island off the west coast of England. It is a beautiful place, with its …
Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly
Sunday 9th February dawned windy and stayed that way all day. On the beach you could stay there for one hour or two and save on your ? weekly ? monthly …
Favourite Delta Flyer
Greetings. This past Christmas, I received a kite as a present. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to handle a kite that size being that I had only …
Repairing The Beetle Kite
I found two small, two string kites in the trash. They were both broken yet hardly used. On both of them the plastic grommets that hold the cross bar were …
French Box Kite: down into Lake Ontario
A home-made yellow 2M (6'6") span modified French military box flew reliably and extremely well. With a NW wind blowing from the land I flew it up and …
Knot what it seemed
I had bought some new kite line and wanted to add to it, so I spliced two sections together thinking I had made a good knot. I was out flying the kite …
Delta and Box Kites together
I was flying my Tim Parish dowel delta the other day with some winds that almost didn't exist close to the ground. Once it got up to over a 100' it took …
This site has been collecting these real-life kiting stories and photos for some years now. Mainly single-line stuff, since this site reflects my personal preference for flying kites on one line. However, contributions from multi-line fliers are more than welcome!
The 4 sections below group all the older contributions together by category. Enjoy...
Kite-loss stories! Oh yes, but don't laugh too hard. Something similar just might happen to you one day.
You couldn't make this stuff up, honestly. Like the self-destructing dowel-and-plastic light-wind kites tearing up the sky during a much-too-windy day at an Austrian kite festival. And then the last one managed to take out a couple of exquisite (and expensive) retail kites, sending them into the Blue Danube. But you've got to read the whole thing, it's quite a yarn!
Or, how about a young lad, many decades ago, managing to lose his box kite into an air intake on a landing military aircraft. I kid you not.
Can you top any of this? We're waiting for 'the next great story'. It has to have that ring of truth to it though.
All the other single-liner stories, but there are still some nice ones in here.
I guess the key-word here is variety. From night-flights to snowy-weather flights into cloud, to high-altitude excursions over sea-water, to Sunday School outings. I don't think any 2 stories here are remotely like each other.
If you're into flying kites, do yourself a favor and read some of these. Do us all a favor and contribute something yourself :-)
A whole range of amateur kite photography on show. Mainly
single-surface single-liners - but there are some magnificent
Many of these photos are just plain spectacular! In most cases, that means physically big kite.
For example, there's a monster Butterfly from some enthusiasts in the Czech Republic, Europe. Also, an incredible 3D Dragon from England (see left) and an interesting large design from the Ahmadabad International Kite Festival in India.
Drop in here for a truly international selection of kite photos!
Stunt kite stories
is a new category. Designed to collect reports of incidents or other
interesting happenings either during a sport kite's flight or perhaps at
its abrupt termination!
There's not much in there right now. But there's so much sport kite flying going on out there, it's just a matter of time. Maybe 2 or 3 of my regular contributors could help me out here, to get things moving... Thanks in advance!
Kite aerial photography is another new category. This is for anyone
who has ever hoisted a camera with the aid of a kite, or would like to
view the results of doing that. If you have ever obtained an intriguing
result, this is where you can upload it for the rest of us to see and
think 'I wish I took that!'
It seems that everyone has their own spin on flying kites to get a different photographic perspective on our surroundings. Some of the results are really intriguing, whether obtained with a featherweight camera and ice-cube shutter release, or the latest concepts in radio-controlled KAP rigs.
Tell us all about your own methods
and gear, and back it all up by posting some photos! Different people
will be keen to read about different aspects - the kite, the KAP rig,
the photo subject or even all 3.
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