Flying Kites

Stories & Photos - Including Kite Loss!

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. Not to mention plenty of personal Facebook and Pinterest accounts! 

There's a few real gems to be found among the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site.

These real-life kiting stories and photos accumulated for some years, particularly during the hey-day of this site - the Tenties :-)  (2010-2018)  Mainly single-line stuff, since this site reflected my personal preference for flying kites on one line. However, contributions from multi-line fliers were always more than welcome!

Recent contributions used to be posted on this page. But periodically I would shift the posts off to their most appropriate categories... Follow the links in the titled sections below to find many pages of visitor-contributed tales and images!

Flying kites is fun but when it isn't there's often a good story to tell!A big applique Rok seen at our local festival

 

Wind Speed Handy Reference

Light Air
1-5 kph
1-3 mph
1-3 knts
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 kph
4–7 mph
4–6 knts
Beaufort 2


Gentle ...
12–19 kph
8–12 mph
7–10 knts
Beaufort 3


Moderate ...
20–28 kph
13–18 mph
11–16 knts
Beaufort 4


Fresh ...
29–38 kph
19–24 mph
17–21 knts
Beaufort 5


Strong ...
39–49 kph
25–31 mph
22–27 knts
Beaufort 6


High Wind
50-61 kph
32-38 mph
28-33 knts
Beaufort 7


Gale
62-74 kph
39-46 mph
34-40 knts
Beaufort 8





Kite Loss Stories

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.


Kite-flying Or Kite-making Stories

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 :-)


Pictures Of Kites

A whole range of amateur kite photography on show. Mainly single-surface single-liners - but there are some magnificent exceptions!

An amazing home-built 3D Dragon kite.

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 the photo) 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

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!


Aerial Kite Photography

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.



Other Stories

Looking for something you posted earlier, but can't find it? Stories can be left via other pages on this site as well. Particularly the step-by-step kite-making pages. Below, I have listed links to where those stories have been left. So you don't have to trawl all around this site looking for them :-)

2-Skewer Box


There are also a bunch of other visitor-submitted stories under the Kite... | Festivals menu item. Here's a link so you can go straight there...

Kite Festivals



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