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Title: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: bill lancashire on June 16, 2009, 02:36 AM
Just for those readers of this Forum who don't read the Fractured Axel forum. I want to mention that I've written up 4 threads covering the history of the Phantom kite since it's design in 1989 through to the present day:

http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8712 (http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8712)
http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8782 (http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8782)
http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8791 (http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8791)
http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8800 (http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8800)

It's just about 20 years now since Tim Benson designed the Phantom Kite which is one of the first ever radical two-line kites.

Here we have the oldest known surviving Phantom made in 1989 along with a recent kite:

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/toods2001/dscf0015.jpg)

Bill.


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: Geoffrey Platt on June 16, 2009, 07:48 AM
Fantastic write ups Bill. Thanks again for all the wonderful history on the Phantom. Can't wait to see the website!


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: chilese on June 16, 2009, 08:55 AM
Older Phantom? & Mr. Benson with my Phantom & Twin PEULs:
(http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/10632/1100166124049870108S200x200Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1100166124049870108OBOGbR) (http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/9673/1117565457049870108S200x200Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1117565457049870108SPdPiq) (http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/40000/1117946136049870108S200x200Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1117946136049870108iFnkuQ)

Allen Carter's Phantom Shadow & Sir Barnby's Vented Phantom
(http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/9884/2232082900049870108S200x200Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2232082900049870108ThIHGU) (http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/10476/1135576021049870108S200x200Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1135576021049870108ryxfdK)


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: sbrown on June 16, 2009, 09:03 AM
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge on a truly classic kite, Bill.


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: Allen Carter on June 16, 2009, 09:54 AM
Thanks Bill. I know you've been working on this history a long time.

True devotion.   :)


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: adx1592 on June 16, 2009, 10:22 AM
this is amazing. really.  :)
fantastic job!


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: stapp59 on June 16, 2009, 11:25 AM
Good stuff!  Kiting history is very interesting. I have a PEUL  8)

Steve

A pic?  Sure!  Posted to FA also.  Thanks again...

(http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/42512/2797157500072910119S500x500Q85.jpg)


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: bill lancashire on June 16, 2009, 12:03 PM
Good stuff!  Kiting history is very interesting. I have a PEUL  8)

Steve


Many thanks.  How about posting a picture of your kite either on this thread or here:

http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8800 (http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8800)

or on both :)

Bill.


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: karengus on June 16, 2009, 04:59 PM
Nice work Bill, many thanks for keeping the history alive. -Karen


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: Allen Carter on June 16, 2009, 09:37 PM
Any estimate of how many Phantoms have been made?


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: karengus on June 18, 2009, 11:24 AM
Just finished reading through the links for a second time, you've done an amazing job documenting Phantom production, congratulations on your efforts.

Some of the photos bring back good memories, and it's great to see the kites keeping such good company


Title: Re: Phantom - 20th Anniversary
Post by: Allen Carter on June 18, 2009, 12:57 PM
I pulled out a really beat up Phantom Sport I've had tucked away for years. The .2100 AFC frame is intact, it just needs standoffs and LE fittings. Nice looking blue kite with the simpler Sport sail. I think I'll have to get this one in the air soon for an anniversary fly.  :)

The black Phantom Shadow in the picture above was sweet. It lives in France now, I believe.