Trilby Kites What Happend?

by Dave


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?



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...

  1. Trilby operated out of Connecticut in the USA

  2. 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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Jul 12, 2020
by: Skip

Am looking for Trlbies for sale. Will take up to 5.

May 17, 2020
I used to know the owners of the company back in the day.
by: Anonymous

They are still in business, but they don't make kites anymore. Check out their website. It's called Trlby Innovative now. Try calling and seeing if they have any leads on finding their patented parts. I think they sold the patents to a large corporation.

Apr 24, 2020
I have 6 Trilby Kites and spare parts
by: Chris

Contact me if you'd like to make an offer on these. Included is the instruction sheet that came with the kites. It describes how to assemble a stack, launch, and do stunts.

Put Trilby in the title or I might miss it.


Apr 12, 2020
Connecting instructions
by: Chad M

I'm looking for instructions on how to connect my Trlby stacking kites together! Please help!

Jan 21, 2020
by: Ronald Griffin III

I have a six pack new in wrapper that I will sell.

$400 plus shipping obo

3 pack on eBay for $350 plus shipping

Jul 07, 2019
Trilby kites needed
by: Anonymous

Looking for 2- 3 kite sets or four of each

Mar 11, 2019
Trilby kites.
by: skip

Am searching for a pack of Trilbies. 4 to 10.

Mar 02, 2019
by: Ronnie Griffin

I have a 6 pack of these kites brand new. If you're interested I'll send you pictures. Email at

Dec 01, 2018
Kites 4 sale
by: Julie

I have 2 Trlby Kites, both sets of struts are in good shape. The sales need reglued in spots. Bridle clips are missing.
Reasonable offers considered.

Dec 01, 2018
Trlby Kites
by: Julie K Thompson

I have 2 trilby kites both with instruction sheets. There are no tails or bridle clips. Vertical and cross struts are in good condition one sail is in good condition, one needs some repair.
Make offer.

Sep 03, 2018
Reply to bill
by: Anonymous

replied to bill
david grace

Sep 03, 2018
by: Bill

I need the instruction sheets for Trlby kites. I tried David below but my e-mail wouldn't go through. Please, if anyone has the instructions, please e-mail them to me at
Bill 623-931-3303/magicJack worldwide

Aug 27, 2018
Trlbys on eBay
by: Dave Gieber

For those still interested in purchasing Trlbys, check out eBay (search on Trlby):

Hope you see something of interest!

Aug 21, 2018
Reply to Kit
by: Justin

Hi Kit, I am interested.

Can you please contact me to discuss:

justin AT


Aug 20, 2018
Triple stunt kite
by: Kit

I have a brand new never opened triple stunt kite if anyone is interested. I can send photos. Make me an offer.

Aug 03, 2018
Pristine Set of 3 Trlbies for Sale
by: Dave Gieber

As I commented several months ago on this page, I have a set of 3 Trlbies that I have never flown. I also have a Synasaur and a Paraflex that I have never flown. If interested, email me at and we can discuss details.

Hope it is OK to blatantly advertise on this page.

(T.P. It's the only page like it on this site. I've been turning a blind eye for a long time ;-)

Jul 31, 2018
by: Anonymous

I have many fond memories of flying Trlbys and would be interested in the triple if you are selling - my email is jal@mlaglobal dot com.

Jul 28, 2018
Trlby triple for sale
by: Anonymous

Have a Trlby triple dual line stunter for sale. Maybe never flown. Or maybe once. PM me if you're interested, want more info.
Gerri gerrigg at consolidated dot net

May 14, 2018
XKites making a Trilby look alike
by: Bee

Just bought one to see how it flies - haven't been out with it yet so no performance information.

Looks like the Trilby design alright.

(Have a single I acquired many moons ago.)

Apr 14, 2018
I'm interested
by: Justin

I'm interested if you are selling?

My email address is

Cheers, Justin

Apr 13, 2018
by: Anonymous

I just scored a triple Trlby. NOS in sealed package.

How scarce are these. I'm undecided... To sell them or fly em.

I'm a quad guy.

Jan 08, 2018
by: Justin

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has any un-used/new or close to new condition TRLBY kites they would like to sell?


Justin - Sydney, Australia

Oct 28, 2017
Directions sheet photos
by: David Grace

If anyone wants photos of the instruction sheet, send me your email and I will send the 3 photos of the sheet that came with my 3

Oct 05, 2017
Solo Build It
by: Tim

Dave - it sure is! It's over 10 years old and on at least it's 3rd face-lift. Needs another one soon - to one of those single-column fully responsive templates. So many mobile users now... T.P.

Oct 05, 2017
Pristine Set of 3 Trlbies
by: Dave Gieber

Yes, I have a set of 3 Trlby kites that I purchases 20 years ago or so and never have flown. They are in pristine condition. I will be putting them up for sale on various platforms. Just an FYI for you.

Hey, is this an SBI site?? I have a comic book site built with SBI.

Sep 26, 2017
Trlby Harness
by: Gary

I picked up a set of six at a yard sale. It appears that some were never used, but the harness for the first one was not attached per the instructions, and nothing looked at all like the instructions.

Can anyone tell me the dimensions from the center clip to the ring to the end clip. Would be nice to get these flying again.

Sep 01, 2017
by: Leah

If someone could text me with the measurements of the harness and add on lines too, I would very much appreciate it .

Aug 20, 2017
I worked for TRLBY
by: Micky Petersen

I worked for Bob Milleti for a few months freshly graduated from the University of Bridgeport Industrial Design Department, from which Bob graduated himself a few years earlier. TRLBY is without the "i" in the name...

He had hired me to re-design his header card (you can see it in Google images and last time I saw a TRLBY kite in a store 20 years ago the header card was still the graphic I designed) and help him with the manufacturing process (make it more efficient as it was all put together by hand).

Bob's first mission for me was to go out fly a kite and try to destroy it (believe me, I tried, hahaha) to see where the "weak points" were and try to re-design this. I loved the part-time job and thank Bob for giving me this opportunity. After a few months my job was done and I moved on.

Jun 22, 2017
Have triple stack available, need instructions
by: Jim Taylor

Hello all,
I have a triple stack that I need the instructions for so I can confirm that this setup is complete before I put it up for sale or trade. Does somebody have a copy they can scan to pdf and attach to an email to me. Also I tried trigs site, no luck in searching for parts.

Jim Taylor

Jun 19, 2017
Looking for Trlby kite stack
by: glo

I used to fly these kites years ago and my stack finally died. If anyone hears of where to purchase a new stack of 3, please keep me in mind. I'm not interested in paying an outrageous amount of money...

I just want to get back into kite flying and really enjoyed these kites. It's truly a shame they are no longer made. I wish the original owners/builders (or their kids) would reconsider getting back into the kite making business. Thanks.

Today's date: June 19, 2017

May 30, 2017
Trlby's are awesome!
by: Alexandra

It's such a bummer that these kites are no longer being made. I've watched my dad fly them since I was a kid and would love to be able to get ahold of a set!

Mar 24, 2017
Trlby kite good news!
by: Mountbt

I have 8 new never opened Trlby ripstop dual line stunters that I will be putting on eBay as one lot in a couple weeks :-)

2 red, 2 royal blue, 2 purple, 1 hot pink and 1 lime green

I purchased these at the end of the 90's from a CT toy store that was closing. I had grand ideas of linking all 8 together and go flying. This never happened and after seeing this post there is a love for these kites. I would like to see these used by the people who love them. I bought these all at once and would like to sell them the same way plus shipping them separately would be a pain.

I will post again with the eBay info.

Jan 29, 2017
Trilby was the best!
by: Robert B. Livingston

It was thoughtfully and well-designed. It was affordable and good looking. The control handles were practical and worked. It was easy to set and fly and looked good in the sky. No similar kite is nearly as good.

Oct 09, 2016
Trlby kites
by: Anonymous

I have a trlby in the original bag it came in if anybody is interested.

Sep 10, 2016
Trilby kites
by: Anonymous

Been flying trills kites for years and looking to expand my stack of seven. Anybody out there have any Trilby kites or parts for sale?

Nov 19, 2015
I've got one on eBay right now
by: Sugarroll

I've got a trlby kite that a friend gave me up on the bay now! All I know is that it is made of polyethylene and it has the word wolverine on it.

Never been removed from the package!

Sep 30, 2015
Trilby Kites For Sale
by: Dave

I have a set of Trilby Kites with extra sales and some parts. You can bid on these kites on Ebay.

Aug 24, 2015
Mourning Trlby
by: some guy

I brought my old 3 pack to the OBX for vacation. I have flown the expensive nylon kites and the Trlby kites handle SO much better. I recall buying spare parts at a kite store in Baltimore's Inner Harbor a few years back.

I googled trlby on a whim in case any one asks about them while I'm out flying mine. Sad to see they are unavailable/very hard to find now.

Aug 07, 2015
by: Tom

Was a very windy day for my first try. Was not able to fly 3 since wind was just too strong but did manage 2. Only problem - I had tape so old it had no stick left. First kite peeled off but no damage. We all took turns before this happened. Flew for half hr and will re-tape all and fly again. I will be looking for more just like everyone else.

Aug 06, 2015
Gonna give it a try
by: Tom

Some 30+ years ago a friend of mine and I bought a 3 pack. I never flew mine and it became forgotten.

I bought a home at the beach last year in NC and thought how great would be to fly a kite lol and behold in my basement in CT I found the kite still in the bag.

Today my sons and I will fly it for its maiden voyage but before I do gonna call my buddy and see if he still has his just in case I crash mine.

May 10, 2015
3 pack on ebay
by: Old trlby flyer

Saw this today, thought it might interest someone...

Mar 26, 2015
3-pak "not connected"
by: Marco

Can you do me a favor and define "not connected"?
Is there a bridle for the first kite? Are there 6 connecting lines to attach the second and third kites? Email me directly at "" and we'll talk.

Mar 23, 2015
Trlby kite stack
by: Vivian

Hello kite lovers,

Need some advice... I found a TRLBY 3 stack kite at a thrift store (red, blue and yellow). Never flew 3 stack before, it seems to be all together the red one is not secure. So wanted to find a replacement. I did a little research and found out they are not made any more. So my question is do I use these to learn or put away as a collectable? I called the spoke to a Bruce who was not very helpful a little rude. SO I'm turning to you guys. Help! What should I do?

Fly them to learn OR put away as collectable?


Mar 06, 2015
Trlby Parts
by: Anonymous

Klig's Kites in Myrtle Beach, SC. were given all remaining parts from the Trlby Company in 2013. I believe they still have a good supply of parts but not too many kites left. They can be reached at 1-800-333-5944 or online at Hope that helps.

Feb 21, 2015
by: Tom Eckels

So, it looks like I'm late to the party here in my search for a 3, or better yet, 6 pack of trlbys.

Does anyone at this point (February 2015) have a stack for sale at a reasonable cost or know where a stack can be brought?

I'm not interested in paying 3x what they used to cost...not hanging on my wall as a collector item, I want to fly 'em again. Used to have 3 sets of 6 and a set of 3 back in the mid-80's and flew them all the time on the beach here. Would love to at least get a 3-pack to play with.....


You can email me direct here if you'd rather not make it public knowledge.



Nov 12, 2014
by: Anonymous

My email is - look forward to connecting. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2014
I have Triple Trlby kites for sale
by: David Grace

I have a Triple Trlby 3 kite stack for sale if anyone is interested. It has never been used and is in good shape. Has the original packaging paperwork with Guarantee card. It lists Trlby Products Inc as 65 New Litchfield St, Torrington, CT 06790 (800) 328-7529 (my email is thanks.

Aug 07, 2014
I have a brand new set
by: Rbest

I just happened to buy a brand new set of three a few years back. They have never been opened. I'd be willing to sell them. Contact me at

Jul 05, 2014
Trlbys for sale on Myrtle Beach website
by: Anonymous


If you're looking for Trlby's, go to

A friend of mine told me that he has some in
stock... He might also have some spare parts.

Jun 27, 2014
My Kite Stack Finally Died
by: Anonymous

Yes, finally succumbed to RUST! All the little metal rings got rusty, and finally broke.

Whacked the sail on the leader. So now I'm sewing a replacement for July-4.

But building a replacement Trilby from scratch is VERY easy. Two fiberglass sticks, a diamond sail, any material you can lay your hands on. (Yes I did make one out of "real" tyvek houswrap once.)

So learn to sew?

Or is this a kickstarter project? Anyone want 1000 of them?

Jun 09, 2014
by: Jon

If anyone has any Trlby kites that they would be willing to sell I would be interested.

Thanks all!


May 12, 2014
Trlby Kites
by: Daniel in Tahoe

Hello Elle, just double checking if you have any parts or Trlby kit parts left, or any kites left. I have an old 3 stack but missing a few parts. I can probably find alternate parts. But I would really like to buy another 3 stack.


Apr 08, 2014
No More Kites
by: Elle

UPDATE- we do not have any more kites in storage. We also no longer have the equipment to make them anymore.

Thank you very much for your loyalty, but please do not use the contact info on the business website to try and acquire more Trlby kites. Sadly, we don't have any left, and no means of producing any more.

Best wishes!

Apr 08, 2014
Very Interested In Getting Some
by: Scott

The TRLBY 3 stack was my very first stunt kite. The sails finally gave out a few years ago. I would sure LOVE to get my hands on some. Please let me know if you have any.

I'm now 50 and still fly kites regularly. I'll have my fingers crossed hoping... Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
Trlby - My Parents' Business
by: Elle

I do not know how old this post is, but I can set the record straight for you:

(1) The original spelling is T-R-L-B-Y.
(2) No, they are not being manufactured any more.
(3) The company is still in business, but they haven't produced kites since the 90s. My father used his knowledge of heat sealing technology (which he learned from making kites) to move into the medical device, food packaging, and other industries that could provide more security for a small business. You can see what the company is up to now on their website:
(4) My parents' names are spelled Bob and Stacey Mileti.
(5) After the kite business died out, my mom did sell packs of Trlby kites on eBay. She has not done this in quite awhile, but we may still have some in storage.

I was actually going to our current website to work on it, but I forgot to add ".com" to the address bar and came up with a Google search. This was one of the first hits. It's nice to see that people (at least up until a year or two ago!) are still interested in kites!

Jan 16, 2014
Trlby Kite
by: Ed

I just saw a Trlby kite on Ebay today. Not sure what you guys see in these kites, but you better check it out.

Oct 20, 2013
Trlby Kites For Sale
by: Chevelle66-71

Trlby kites listed 10-20-13 on Ebay # 261311278129 & 141095805775 - Auctions end Sunday 10-27 - Thanks

Sep 13, 2013
Trlby Kites For Sale/Auction
by: Chevelle66-71

Hi - I just found some Trlby Kites, one is a single and one a double. I will be listing them on Ebay shortly, if you or anyone may be interested.
- Thanks!

Jan 19, 2013
Ya! I Have New Trlby's!
by: Capton Bob

Just cleaned out the suburban. In the back was a box unopened, with a 6 pack and another 3 pack. Make a reasonable offer. Plastic/mylar sails. Find me @ Capton Bob, Facebook Sonora Mexico... soon! Or I'm bringing em down here. Cheers!

Oct 12, 2012
Selling My MINT Collection Of Trlby Kites
by: Anonymous

Hello, I have several (13) Solid Color, Rip Stop Nylon Fabric Trlby's - Never flown ~ MINT on ebay starting Saturday 10/13/2012. Just type in Trilby kite in the search bar.

Oct 02, 2012
Sail Mill
by: Anonymous

Hey yal,

Anybody know the thickness mill of a mylar trlby sail?
Thanks Gaulty

Sep 28, 2012
3 Stack For Sale
by: Dennis

I have a Red, Yellow, Blue 3 stack for sale. It is in good shape. No rips. All link lines are there. Have tails, handles and string. Not flown much due to lack of time. Please email me at

Sep 28, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Dennis

I have a 3 stack in good shape that I am looking to sell. It is Red, Yellow, Blue, with tails, string and handles. They were never flown much due to lack of wind in my area. There is some rust on the paper clip type connections. Please email me at thanks

Sep 18, 2012
To Mr. Claus in Germany
by: IKITE bumper stickers

Good morning Mr. Claus,

Could you please get back to me with the information regarding your TRLBY parts for sale.
I can be reached at "".
I have quite a few TRLBY kites that are in great need of repair.


Sep 12, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Claus

I am just checking my old inventory of kites when reading this column. In the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties I had some years contact to Bob and Stacey and dealed with them. It was all the time very difficult, today I think they were under big pressure... Nevertheless I still have material for trlby kites as polystyrene-sails, rods, bridles. I will check and if somebody has interest he might contact me under I am living in Germany.

Jul 11, 2012
Where Can I Find Trlbys
by: Anonymous

Lost my stack of 16 in a flood in 2007 now going to the beach just isn't the same! I would love to find a six pack or two. Please help!

Jul 05, 2012
Use Tape For Your Trlbys
by: IKITE Bumper Stickers

I have been using clear 2" wide tape on the ends of my Trlby's for years. Start from the face, parallel to the edge at the top of the kite and wrap it around the side to the back. This will keep the spars from popping through if you crash into the ground. It will dry out after a few months so have some extra tape handy.

I've had my Trlbys for over 22 years, and still going strong. I use them to teach newbies how to fly dual line kites. They're perfect for newbies because they won't break... ENJOY!

Jun 28, 2012
Trilby Repairs
by: Chris

I still have my triple. The problem is that the corners on the sails have come unglued. Does anyone know of a good way to reglue them or what kind of tape they used to make them?

May 29, 2012
Reply to "Anonymous" from Mar 30, 2012
by: IKITE Bumper Stickers

I should be able to hook you up with a few spare parts. Send me an email at "" and let me know what color the center spar is where you're missing the "black T-hook" at the top. Some vertical spars are white and some are yellow. The yellow ones are stronger and are usually the first kites to a triple pack.

I dealt with Stacy Mileti many years ago and when I found out that they were going to stop production, I sort of "hoarded" some of their spare parts. Today I wish I had more.


May 02, 2012
Founder of former Air Adventures Kite Store, Wichita, KS - 1991...
by: Lynn Shank

Catch The Wind, Lincoln City (in OR, USA) MAY have some Trlby's. SOMEONE should bring Trlby's back to life! They were a GREAT item, and we sold MANY of them when Air Adventures was open in Wichita, KS.

Bob and Stacey Mileti, Connecticut, were the originators and producers of Trlby kites. IF they could be found, that might be a "New Beginning" for Trlby Kites, and tremendous FUN for many "Kids" ... of all ages!

Abundant blessings, and Great Flying to all,
Lynn Shank, Rural Salida, Colorado, USA.

Apr 28, 2012
Confirmed - Trlby Kites No Longer in Production
by: Anonymous

You can still find them on ebay and other online sources as well. Gift of Wings in Milwaukee has a few brand new kites left in their inventory. Also, GoW has plenty of replacement parts for Trlbys.

Apr 13, 2012
Got Last Three!
by: David Gault

Hey Mike,

Thanks a bunch for the tip! I got the last two kites and one sail I can spar my self! You da man!

I'm still looking for 9 or so more so if I can return the help by finding any more I'll sure post a link here first! Thanks again Mike!

Fly'em From The Heart Fellows
David Gault

Apr 12, 2012
Thank You!
by: Anonymous

I will try both those resources... I really appreciate the info!

Apr 12, 2012
Trilby Kites at Kligs Kites
by: Mike

I just bought Trilby's at Kligs Kites in Myrtle Beach, SC. And they had about 8 or 9 left. Here is their website.

They don't have any sets but are selling the individual kids for $29 each. The owner will make the attach lines for you if you ask when you purchase.

Was excited to find these as I flew a set 20+ years ago and have no idea what happened to them over the years.

Good luck!
Mike S.
High Point, NC

Mar 30, 2012
Trilby Parts?
by: Anonymous


I am an absolute kite amateur, but love my 3 Trilby kites. I'm looking for replacement parts for one of them...

Wondering if anyone can help? I don't even know the correct terminology, but I'm looking for the following:

-the white connecting part in the center where the dowel's meet (mine snapped off and broke)

-the black "t" shaped piece on the top of the center dowel.

Thanks for any information that might help!

Feb 14, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Tom Callahan

Gift of Wings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a few of them left!

Call, in case the web site does not list them. (414-425-8002)

Jan 03, 2012
by: David Gault

I hear ya brother boy! Do I hear ya.

Thank you.

Jan 01, 2012
Trlby Rules
by: Jimi

Great to see these comments, I'm a major fan of Trlbys, have about a dozen of them, from parts kits to a few that still can fly. Too bad these aren't around, this will be the end of the road for my search for them. They don't look that hard to build, maybe someone could consider a new biz.

The high tech kites are cool, but they don't have the feel or charm of a simple design that is beautiful. Flying a 6 pack is just about the most fun I've had in years. Next to the lake, flying low over the water, dropping the tails in the lake, and sometimes landing and launching from the water - too cool.

Dec 24, 2011
by: David Gault

Thanks so much Tim, you were a great help!

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