Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • A member of the British Midlands Kite Fliers took up the matter of public reaction to kite flying in an Internet news group posting on the rec.kites site. “Can I have a go with that?” was the most often asked question, according to Jim Cronin. He recounts a conversation with a 12-year-old: Can I have a go with the kite? Sorry, no.
  • Paul Garber, late curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was perhaps best known in the kite world as the inventor of the highly successful World War II Target kite, used to train military antiaircraft gunners.
  • By the late l950s, Domina Jalbert had involved himself in just about everything possessing the possibility of getting up off the ground into the sky. His professional life was devoted to flight: balloons, kites, airplanes, parachutes, and kite-balloons (an early invention, the Kytoon, was developed first as a barrage balloon flown to impede raids by wartime aircraft and was later employed for a variety of purposes).
  • As part of its role in increasing and diffusing knowledge about kites worldwide, the Drachen Foundation maintains a study collection of kites, kite artifacts, and publications related to the sport. A recent and welcome addition to that collection came from the family of Seattle kitemaker Harold Writer, who died last year, aged 88.
  • Reza Ragheb, of Aurora, Colorado, died last April after a brief illness. He was 67. Ragheb won worldwide renown for his beautiful kites and was the mentor of many Southwestern kitefliers, including Scott Skinner, president of the Drachen Foundation, who lived near him. Born in Tehran, Ragheb moved to the U.S. as a teenager, but returned to Iran in l969 to establish a construction machinery business. When the Islamic Revolution occurred 10 years later, he and his family left Iran for good, first to London, then to the U.S.