Trilby Kites What Happend?
I lived in Long Beach, WA. From 1989 thru to 2000. Got my Rev 1.5 signed by Dave and one other brother at the first World Cup in lb. Anyway, cabin burned to the ground and I lost everything. P.L. comp buggy quadrifoil comp one. I was there when Gale got in to the record books by flying two stacks of 25 Trilby's. A year later he sold me one stack of 25 numbered and signed by him. I only ever did 18 though, I got 135 all wet!
Has Trilby gone out of biz or something? No one has any, and I loved flying 2 stacks of 3 one in each hand. I'm no Ray Bethell or Rodger M. but it was always a kick in the pants! Have lived in Vegas for the last 9 years - damn I miss the beach!
My kingdom for a couple of three-packs of 'em?
THANKS SO MUCH
You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find anything online about the origin and manufacture of these kites! But, finally, I did turn up a reference to them by Drachen Foundation, who apparently have a pristine set of 6 in one of the collections on their kite database. According to this source...
- Trilby operated out of Connecticut in the USA
- These kites were designed and manufactured by a couple - Stacy and Bob Milletti
No dates were mentioned unfortunately, but Glenn Davison (AKA) tells me that these Diamond dual line kites are no longer being made.
Now, regarding finding
some of these kites to fly...
Here are some online references - you could try registering with some kite forums and asking around to help get your hands on a pack of Trilby kites. (Try pasting the links below into your browser and hit Enter)
There's nothing on eBay right now, which seems to confirm that these kites are no longer being manufactured!
By the way, the original spelling seems to be 'Trlby Kites' - as you can see from the site at the last link in the list above.
Good luck with your search!
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