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...
Lifting Vortices On Kites
Or, 'vortex generators'. Recently I have improved the flight characteristics of several different kinds of kites by modifying them with what I call FLOWTHRU …
Kite Flying and Watermelon Season
While in Mainland China, it was a kite enthusiast's dream come true. Everywhere people were making kites, flying kites, selling kites on the street, and …
Box Kites Over Lebanon, USA.
Sadly, this was going to be the last outing to "the park" in Lebanon so I wanted to do something special in view of this. Since then, we have moved …
Brennan's Blustery Hot Air Balloon Box Kite
I've often wondered what is so alluring about building and flying kites. For me, a big part of it is the "creation" or "process" if you will. There's …
The Lost And Found Rokkaku Kite!
I haven't been able to do much kite flying lately due to the stresses of moving. Yesterday was an exception! It was the first clear day all week, but it …
My new 6-foot Barn Door kite
After my initial success with the 4-foot Barn Door kite last fall, I decided to build the 6-foot version next. I finally got to fly it at the local riverside …
Thermalling in train
Just a quick flight report about flying kites in train or, flying two on the same line. I was out at the park again with my kite flying co-pilot, Brennan. …
Successful kite flights
Thank you so much for having taken me back to my childhood. I am 63.I have made the 2-skewer delta and diamond kites for my 3 years old grandchild. …
Low Wind High Flyers
In the 1980s I made a 0.75 oz RS combination box kite based on a winged rombus tail and a forward Cody biplane. The longeron was about four feet down the …
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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