Flying Kites

Kite Loss Stories Plus Much More

Original 2-Skewer Delta in flight.Oldest MBK 2-Skewer Delta
Original 2-Skewer Delta in flight.Oldest MBK 2-Skewer Delta

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! 

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 the what's new! link in the menu. Near the top of this page.

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.

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...

Dowel Dopero and Big Brother Dopero 
I have built a few of your dowel series kites: delta, barn door, and dopero. I liked the dopero so much that I decided to learn how to use a sewing …

Back To The Air! 
After the lockdown period caused by the Corona Virus, we can finally move more freely. These days, thanks to a summer weather even if it is almost windless, …

MBK Ind...outdoor ;-) 
A second sample of MBK Indoor Diamond has just completed, with spars modified in bamboo... Small, it's a micro-kite, weight is less than 2.5 grams bridle …

MBK Soft Sleds 
I'm on holiday in India and thought about bringing a kite with me as I knew I would be on the coast quite a bit of the time but then thought 'I'll probably …

The little Diamond kite didn't want to fly 
My grandson received a gift, a small diamond kite, rainbow color, a very long red tail, a line of about 100 meters in a very simple handle. Useless …

Click here to write your own.

 


 

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

 

"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world. Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."


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.
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 :-)


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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  1. Dowel Dopero and Big Brother Dopero

    Jul 04, 20 08:23 PM

    I have built a few of your dowel series kites: delta, barn door, and dopero. I liked the dopero so much that I decided to learn how to use a sewing machine

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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 ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
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

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