Plain Talk From Down Under: Monster Kite

Peter Lynn
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To those who guessed that the new big kite is a Kuwaiti flag, you were right. I lied.

Prior to the first public flights, Faris al Farsi and companion came out from summery Kuwait to wintery New Zealand for a week’s flying practice. I suspect the 50C to 0C climate was mild compared to the culture shock. We were impressed with the traditional Kuwaiti meal Faris and Kahlid cooked for us, and particularly by the real time supervisory cell phone linkage back to mum Al Farsi that enabled them to get the finer points correct.

After we all became too impatient to wait for an intended Kuwait launch, we were successful in getting the kite to England in time and into the air at Portsmouth and Bristol. It flew for four hours at Portsmouth. We will be meeting Guinness Book of World Records criteria for citation as world’s largest kite.

The Al Farsi family is interested in taking their green, red, white, black kite to selected international events and can be contacted via Meg Albers at

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