Flying Kites

Kite Loss Stories Plus Much More

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.

Flying kites is fun but when it isn't there's often a good story to tell!

Feel like typing something in right now? You can do that in the next section down there on this page. Within 24 hours 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.

There's no need for 'polished writing' - just rattle on for a few paragraphs and I will take care of any little typos or slips.

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 among the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site...





What's YOUR Best Kite?

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 :-)

Recent Stories Left By Other Visitors

Click below to read the stories and see photos from other kiting enthusiasts...

MBK Octopus Kite In Fabric 
Just to let you know I finished the kite! I ended up making it 20% larger as you suggested! It flies pretty decently, as expected it does need a bit more …

Flying Buffalo kite lost on the Crow Reservation 
The Flying Buffalo Project buys Native American art that depicts buffalo and makes the original art fly. We now have 15 artists that we represent and we …

My Bazzer Asteroid 
One of those kites that I sought after and was finally able to add to my bag. I do not possess the skill to make something of such caliber.

Red Baron ..Look Out! 
Several years ago I bought a G-Kites Red Baron. We took it to our local kite fest here in Two Rivers, WI. and flew it for the first time. After looking …

Kite Fly at Victor Harbour 
Date: 29th May 2016... Adelaide Kite Flyers Association members were invited to fly at Victor Harbour's Whaletime Festival. This Festival celebrates the …

Two different stunt kites can be stacked 
Thanks Tim for your encouragement to go ahead and give it a try. I had no idea if it was even possible. All of the photos and information I could find …

Big box kite on 100 lb line 
My husband and I often fly kites together. While flying our latest creation, a six-foot nylon box kite, we knew it would pull HARD, so we used 100 lb. …

Click here to write your own.




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

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 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

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.




What's New!

  1. Flight Report:
    Paper Diamond Dodges Rain

    Nov 16, 17 02:31 AM

    At a local reserve today, the breeze proved too fickle for the second MBK Paper Diamond prototype. However, after a short drive to another location, a pause was necessary while a light rain shower pas…

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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