Kite Biographies


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Basir Beria

A transplanted Afghan living in Los Angeles, California, Basir continues the kite traditions of Afghanistan. His large fighting kites are adorned...
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Ben Balsley

University of Colorado researcher who used kites in the mid-1990s to sample atmospheric phenomenon. Balsley employed a wing-shaped ferry (...
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Ben D’Antonio

Ben has traveled the kite world promoting the Revolution four-line kite. Just over twenty years old, the Rev is flown worldwide and is the...
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Ben Ruhe

A powerhouse professional journalist and editor of Drachen's beloved Kite Journal, Ruhe has reported on the best and brightest of his...
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Benjamin Franklin

Perhaps the most remembered American kite flyer, Franklin proved that lightning was so-called “electrical matter” in his 1752 kite...
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Betty Street

Texas Tech art professor and expert in fabric design, Street created spectacular patchwork kites, many paying homage to her West Texas heritage....
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Bill Bigge

Most famous for his glider kite that flies backward as well as forward, thus allowing zero-wind flight indoors or outdoors. An accomplished...
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Bill Lockhart

Retired art professor from Texas Tech University, bill and colleague Betty Street organized the Junction, TX International Kite Retreat for ten...
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Bill Osche

Longtime owner of the Kite Loft in Ocean City, MD, Bill has been a supporter of the American Kitefliers Association, of kite festivals up and down...
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Bob Childs

An active sport kite flier, competitor, and designer, Bob was one of the first to fly sport kites indoors. He was an early practitioner of kite...
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