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« on: June 20, 2018, 01:53 PM »

Can anyone help me identify some of these kites? About to buy on craigslist but its a decent drive.
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 01:54 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 01:55 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 02:08 PM »

2, 3 , and 7 are spider wings. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 02:52 PM »

#5 might be a Go Fly a Kite. Kitelifes archived SKQ magazines 1989 fall/winter edition has a review for a 2200 XL.Light wind 3 to 8 mph.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 05:01 PM »

2, 3 , and 7 are spider wings. 

I agree: looks like these could be the Spiderwing kite made by Catch the Wind.

Dates: uncertain at the moment, but a quick search shows Spiderwings were advertised in early 1990s in Kite Lines magazine (example Spring 1991 issue) where it is dubbed “The World’s Most Versatile Stunt Kite”. I have seen ads for it dated even earlier than that.

I have an Owners Manual (undated) which shows four versions: Spiderwing I through IV, all with the same 2-metre (six-footish) frame but with differing sail configurations depending on wind and flying characteristics desired. Generally, the higher the number the higher the wind, but kite speed and manoeuvrability also varied (paraphrased from the manual). Sail shape and thus area differs in each.

Hard to tell exactly from the single angles shown in these pics, but it looks like you have Spiderwings I, III, and IV here respectively (the latter one could be a II but sail looks more cutaway, like the IV).

Nice find for someone interested in stunt kite history!

(I have one variant: a Spiderwing II -- and rather like it Wink )

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 05:26 PM »

In respect of pic #4, it is hard to know without further info on size, materials, labels, etc but apparently the name was once trademarked by Skynasaur back in 1989 (since expired) and I excerpted this:

ULTRAWING Trademark Information
Skynasaur, Inc.

MANEUVERABLE, KITE-LIKE DEVICE WHICH IS CONTROLLED BY THE OPERATOR FROM THE GROUND


edit: trademark link added https://www.trademarkia.com/ultrawing-74001586.html


I have come across references to an Ultrawing 96 and also a 120, presumably denoting wingspans. There may be others...?

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2018, 08:45 AM »

I’ll take some pictures after work today. $60 for all 8 seemed fair...i wasn’t flying when these things were made so I appreciate the history and workmanship. I’ve got the manuals and original receipt from Catch the Wind for the 3 Spiderwings. #8 seems to be a Geosport which appears to be dual OR quad line capable? Ultrawing, Go Fly a Kite 2200 XL, Spectra Kite Company Rainbow box delta, and the unnamed rainbow delta. Pretty excited about taking one and flying at lunchtime in Newport Beach.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2018, 09:43 PM »

A few things need attention like shock cords but mostly in good shape!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 05:37 PM »

Instant kite collection - eclectic, and very good R.O.I!

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