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? 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.
If you're the DIY type, why not have a go at making your own floating aircraft...
The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.
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...
Where Eagles Fly
I'd like to share another story and promise to keep it short. I like building kites but rip-stop material is expensive so I began using black garbage …
First Flight Simple Delta
Here in Cambodia its a bit difficult getting basic kite supplies. I found a garbage bag just big enough for the simple delta. There's no dowel but clumps …
Throwing Caution to the Wind
My wife and I are working on a STEM science unit about kites and kite building. I bought the Big Kite bundle and so far we've coached two elementary age …
It is with some sadness that I look back to the days of my childhood and realise that many of the passtimes which I enjoyed are no longer in evidence. …
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. …
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.