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 couple of vintage car enthusiasts arrived with a very interesting challenge one weekend. They had secured the rights to make an official replica of the first motorcar, Carl Benz’s single cylinder three-wheeler of l886---from 15 pounds of plans duly received from Mercedes-Benz. It took 14 months to build. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t run.
  • In an experiment, C.W. Post, the breakfast food millionaire, once tried to produce rainfall on his Texas ranch by using 20 kites to hoist 150 sticks of dynamite into the air, where they were simultaneously detonated. The arid blue sky remained blue. No rain fell.
  • In order to widen the audience for its collection of French language kite material, some of it rare and unusual, the Drachen Foundation hired Rebekah Pape of Seattle Pacific University to survey and organize the holding. Over the course of several months last year, she indexed books, journals, magazines, photographs, and drawings.
  • A valuable collection of late 19th and early 20th century manuscript and printed materials gathered by Abbott Lawrence Rotch is be preserved and catalogued by the Blue Hill Observatory Science Center. The material offers much insight into the state of aeronautics----and in particular kites----during the years immediately before and after the invention of the airplane.
  • Of the many kites and kite-hybrids used during World War II, one of the more novel was the rotary wing kite----the Bachstelze, or Sandpiper---used by the German submarine service. A free-turning three-blade rotor mounted on a vertical pylon attached to a simple framework, the kite was used as an observation post. The observer’s seat was unprotected. The 24-foot kite was carried aft on a tubular boom and consisted of a rudder and horizontal stabilizing surface. The observer had controls for operating the rudder and for tilting the rotor head.