Werner Schmidt’s apotheosis came in l984 when he viewed a strange kite in a technology museum in Munich. It was a Grund Boxkite. “I still remember the moment I ﬁrst saw it,” he says. “That’s how impressed I was.”
As a dedicated kitemaker, Schmidt grasped its sophistication. “It was much more developed than a Hargrave, or even a Cody.” The kite was labeled “self-steering.” It had a strange appearance----pyramidal wings in front, a ﬂexible joint in the middle. Schmidt correctly guessed the odd shape made it self-adjustable to the direction of the wind while the hinge allowed it to self-adjust to wind speed.
“I wanted to know more. I wrote the museum. The museum told me Rudolf Grund was the most important German kitemaker ever. I was impressed. Neither my kite friends nor I myself had ever heard the name.”