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Title: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: Zeke on October 11, 2009, 06:05 PM
any one have any 'ancient history' on this one...


Title: Re: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: zippy8 on October 11, 2009, 08:02 PM
any one have any 'ancient history' on this one...
Waddya wanna know ?

Mike.


Title: Re: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: inewham on October 12, 2009, 04:24 AM
I learned to fly pairs on them - slow, very smooth and precise, more importantly for us at the time they really do retain their composure as the wind gets up.
Nice old school kites.




Title: Re: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: zippy8 on October 12, 2009, 11:25 AM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3354/3518398825_5f64121120.jpg)
From flickr user Nigel Beard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelbeard/).

Very early '90s, Rare Air's sort-of-signature vents, plenty of design gimmicks that actually worked, imported into the US by Air Circus. The school is Olde (which is even older than Old School). I can put it no better than this:-

"An extremely smooth, quiet, precise, slow kite. Screened vents on the leading edge and wing tips, and a vented keel make this kite extremely smooth, even through gusts. A great kite for precision team flying, but be prepared for a bit of pull. This kite feels like an updated high-tech version of the Hawaiian Team."
Jeff Burka

Will that do you ?  ;)

As for keep or trade... it's a bit of a curiosity that I doubt will attract mainstream attention. For the right person who appreciates a big kite for cutting figures and nothing but it might be a welcome addition. It could be a royal pain to keep it in original Beman spars though.

Mike.


Title: Re: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: zippy8 on October 12, 2009, 03:03 PM
I believe I purchased it from Ron Reich, 7 or 8 years ago.

And I think it was more like 9 years ago (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.kites/browse_thread/thread/75ddf21bcd121d70/eec80e0d05a43c6f?lnk=gst)  :P

Any resemblance to the mighty Hawaiian is likely to be in it's stuck-to-the-sky-edness, rather than any nuances of "feel".

Mike.


Title: Re: Flash Angel by Rare Air
Post by: chilese on October 12, 2009, 06:22 PM
Mr. 8,

Sometimes I forget that you know everything kite related. Thanks for the reminder.  ???