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

  • It is very remarkable how people pass by good inventions and good ideas and won’t take to them. Kites, for instance, have been known for hundreds of years. Everyone knows of them the world over, yet till a few years ago no one thought of putting them to any use. When I say no one, I do not mean that exactly, for Franklin and others, of course, used kites for meteorological experiments; Pocock drew a little carriage along with them, and several others suggested their use for life-saving at sea.
  • Actress Lauren Bacall once said, “Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly,” and nothing prompts flights of fancy like the sight of a soaring kite. To fly a kite is to shake hands with the wind. Kites are great unifiers, cutting across specious social boundaries with a flick of their whimsical tails. From the kite’s point of view, all God’s children have strings. We got philosophical with some ground crew members at Redondo Beach at a July 2001 gathering by the Sunshine Kite Co. Slavka and Jan Rehacek, Buena Park (biplane kite, $20):
  • Dr. Mike Jensen demonstrated the continuing utility of the kite for scientific studies on a two-month trip to the North Pole last summer. Traveling with a group of scientists aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden, Jensen, 32, a research associate with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, put up a Stan Swanson Parafoil preparatory to attaching a package of instruments to the line. The instruments measured temperature, air pressure, humidity, and wind direction and velocity as the kite rose some two kilometers into the atmosphere.
  • Eleven years after opening its doors to the public, the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington, is alive and flourishing. It’s also ambitious. With more than 90 percent of its collection of 1,400 kites in storage because of severely limited exhibition space, the institution is seeking to expand in a major way.
  • Samuel F. Cody’s kites and other artifacts of Farnborough England’s 100-year-history as the birthplace of British aviation are expected to find an exhibition home when a huge airship hangar is rebuilt at Farnborough, west of London. Farnborough was the home of the famous old balloon factory of l905 where the British developed their wide-ranging aviation establishment prior to World War 1.