Kite Biographies


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Valentine Oesterle

In the 1930s, German kitemaker Oesterle produced a number of fantastic box kites, most with an airplane configuration, that were models of...
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Valerie and Mel Govig

Started “Kite Lines” magazine in 1977 and published it for 24 years. A very high quality publication, it chronicled the world kite movement in the...
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Vic Heredia

Kite promoter and flyer, Heredia is well known for his “Vics Fighters” of the early 1970s. The mylar and bamboo kite was a model of...
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Volker Holberg

A member of Germany’s Team No Limits, Volker has become one of the world’s great giant kite designers. Starting with huge Sesame...
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Walter Diem

Freelance author, Diem collaborated with Werner Schmidt on Drachen Mit Geschichte (Kites with History), a book with great significance for...
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Wayne Hosking

Hosking has been a long-time advocate of kites in education. This has led him to write and self-publish a number of how-to books on kites and to...
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Wayne Wilson

A director at Los Angeles’ Amateur Athletic Foundation, formed after the 1984 Olympics, Dr. Wayne brought extensive archival skills to the...
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Weng Hsiang Lai

Lai has established the Chiou Fen museum in the Taiwan hills, concentrating on the rich Chinese kite heritage. He has collected a wide range of...
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Werner Ahlgrim

Werner has been building kites since boyhood and has become a repository of knowledge about the German Roloplan kite. He has constructed an...
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Werner Schmidt

The first to rush to Lindenberg Weather Observatory after the fall of the German Wall, Schmidt has helped to preserve the weather kite history of...
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