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Author Topic: History of the "modern" Stunt Kite  (Read 5894 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2009, 09:51 AM »

There is a very good history on the old GWTW. Someone should be able to dig it out & post it here.

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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2009, 11:43 AM »

Dunford's "Flying Machine" would be interesting to see.  Conyne style controllable kite.  Anyone have one or a picture of one? 

Also, I think DG is right with Steve Eideken's Rainbow kite. 

What about the Flexifoil?  Came out about the same time. 

Hyperkites?
Avenger?

1.Dunford's Flying Machine
2.Peter Powell
3.Rainbow Kite
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 Action Kites - Action 20, Avenger and Hawaiian Top of the Line - Dan Tabor split with John Perusue of Action and took his designs with him - Team Chevron, Spin Off, North Shore  Tim Benson - Phantom, defined the shape of modern sport kites
 Skynasaur - Tracer, opened up a new era of trick ability
 Flexifoil - Stranger & Psycho, expanded trick ability even further then the Tracer into the radical zone
 Dodd Gross - Jam Session, widely distributed, vastly popular, very capable trick kite and a bit more civilized then the Stranger/Psycho
Radian and later the Eclipses and Illusions
Neos Omega/Revolution, and the Quadrifoil by Ted Dourghtey
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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2009, 01:14 PM »

An short oldie but a goodie on this topic.

http://www.khite.org/khite/Views/Rants/freestyle.htm
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2009, 06:22 PM »

quite a few fliers got their start on the Flying Wings Beetle, a great affordable & durable beginner's kite.
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2009, 07:05 PM »

Nice article Paul


After Peter Powell, I would add the Rainbow Stunt Kite.

At 9 and 10, I'd note the Neos Omega/Revolution, and the Quadrifoil by Ted Dourghtey.

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I might keep the Glite as number 1, its being the first controllable kite on the market that weíve been able to identify.

I agree the Rainbow deserves mention after the Peter Powell but why? It's similar in design to the Peter Powell. By similar Iím pointing out that most all the kites of this period were loosely based off the Rogallo Flexi-Kite. As I mentioned above Rogalloís design was developed in the 1940ís and further developed through the 1950ís & 60ís as a controllable parachute or more accurately a glider and although he experimented with its control features as a kite he never did to my knowledge bring it to market as anything other than a single line kite so although important and inspirational it wasnít widely known.

But nobody has given a reason for including the Rainbow so Iíll give one.

The Rainbow was the first stunt kite packaged as multiple-kites, being sold in 3, 6 & 12 stacks I think. It was surely not the first stunter to be stacked, but the first stack to market. Nothing draws attention like a stack with tails, which drew a lot of attention to kiting so I agree it was an influential kite. I have an original Ediken 6 stack of Rainbows and a spare or two along with a bunch of extra aluminum rods, heavy front frameset, etc.

Another kite worth mentioning in the same era could be the TRLBY, more a true diamond/eddy rather than a Rogallo and able to fly in much lower winds, 5 MPH compared to 10. I flew TRLBY's because the Powellís could seldom be flown here in our inland winds, but I wanted Hyperkites thinking they were the coolest looking. But then the Avenger came to our local store and I soon forgot about these little diamond & delta shaped kites.

Some of the other names at the time? Aerobat, Skynasaur, Sky Cat & Sky-Ro-Gyro, Sky Tiger, Windjammer and Iím sure many more, my first was by Gayla but I donít recall the name. 

Pretty sure the Radian was Prism's first kite to market, and a logical evolution. The first succesful Stunt Kites were based off the Rogallo Flexi-Kite which had found another use by the 1970's more in keeping with Rogallo's 1960's developments financed by NASA. It was the basis for the growing sport of Hang Gliding. But by the 1980's Hang Gliders were evolving into high aspect ratio delta's with airfoil shaped wings using battens. How similar is the Radian to those new hang gliders?



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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2009, 04:46 AM »

Gardner, Ray Bordelon of Big Easy Kite fame is generally credited with the Dynamic bridle.

My picks for important kites in the evolution of "modern" STUNT kites would be:

NSR
Tracer
Masque
Eclipse
Stranger
Gemini
Nirvana


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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2009, 04:49 AM »

1.Dunford's Flying Machine

This is new to me. My web search found this fine article:
http://gddweb.org/dfm1.html


All very interesting. However, on page three, Mr. Dunford writes
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The Dunford Flying Machine is not a "stunter"

which may preclude its appearance in your list.
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2009, 05:28 AM »

Ya'all might wanna read this too.

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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2009, 05:56 AM »

Ya'all might wanna read this too.

Mike.


I just did...and I sounded like a real cyber douche in 2006.  Sheez.  Shut that guy up already.

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2009, 05:58 AM »

There's a bit of a problem with the answer to this question.  The results will be different from region to region.  Each country has had it's own progression unless the kites have been widely distributed.  The world wide distributed kites get noted more often as trend setters but depending on the area you are in the answer could be different.
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2009, 09:26 PM »

Ya'all might wanna read this too.

Mike.


Great thread, thanks. I especially enjoyed the post from Mobius detailing the timeline for the developement of tricks and relationship to the introduction of certain kites.

I wonder if he'd mind if somebody quoted it over to here?

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« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2009, 06:47 AM »

That was an amazing read. So easy to view this sort of thing merely from your own perspective.  Thanks for sharing.
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