Kytoons

Collection Name: This item was entered by Ali. They assume full responsibility for all content.
Artist or Author: Domina Jalbert
Creation Year: 1944
Summary: American Domina Jalbert of Boca Raton, Florida, is credited for the invention of the parafoil, an original kite design. The Drachen Foundation is the holder of what we know to be the last of his archives, much were destroyed in a fire and the rest was disowned by his surviving family, all passing within years of his own death. (His daughter by first marriage is still alive, but has nothing to do with her father.) Kytoons were thought to be developed for Byrd's Antarctic expeditiions, a "blimp" for lofting aerials, these are a cross between a balloon and a kite. Hence the name, Kytoon, was an aero balloon with rigid lifting and stabilizing surfaces. Basically, as David Pelham explains, "while the stabilizers were capable of keeping the Kytoon headed into the wind, the wings urvaces ensured a good lift, enabling it to be accurately moored over its anchorage, rising into the wind rather than being blown towards the ground as a normal balloon might. Because of its comparatively high degree of controllability, large versions of Jalbert's original Kytoons are still used in the Canadian timber industry, where they are employed to lift logs from otherwise inaccessible areas." We have no recorded dates on this collection of photos.
Type: Photo/s
Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Inflated
Materials: Nylon/Synthetic
Significance: Historical, Scientific, Commercial
Images (click to open in viewer):
Small print of a kytoon secured to the ground Kytoon Test Flight Transporting a kytoon Kytoon in flight Kytoon stored in a hanger Kytoon in flight Kytoon flight tests Kytoon launch Kytoon with advertising Kytoon in flight Moving a kytoon from a hanger Kytoon floating above a small single engine plane Postcard:  World's Largest Field Artillery Reservation Kytoon in flight Kytoon used in advertising:  Residence del Europe Elongated Kytoon Kytoon being moved from a hanger/pulled by a truck Underside of kytoon shot from ground Profile comparison of K (kytoon) and B (weather balloon) Kytoon with advertising:  "....du bois...." Possibly Jalbert with small kytoon Weatherphoto taken from kytoon? Kytoon in flight Close up of line system of the kytoon Close up of flying line? Jalbert flying a kite with attached line windsock? Jalbert line accessory, "parachute/foil" like design Jalbert line accessory, "parachute/foil" like design Jalbert line accessory, "parachute/foil" like design, collapsed in flight Jalbert Kytoon, with lettering, photo has notation "air inflated 1944" Kytoon detail Kytoon assembly?  fabrication of end piece Flight testing shot from ground Jalbert flying parachute/foil from the flying line of a larger kytoon Jalbert launching kytoon Underside of kytoon Jalbert with kytoon prototype? Possible experimental prototype of kytoon or kytoon in production ? Kytoon with advertising message "Welcome A.M.S. Members" Grounded kytoon Kytoon launch in snow, possible test for Byrd's use in the Arctic? Kytoon lifting tests, possible meteorological equipment? Kytoon in flight Kytoon in flight lifting equipment Kytoon flight and lifting tests, measuring height of lifting? Kytoon in flight Lifting of scientific instruments (in winter) Kytoons lifting equipment Jalbert flying a kytoon from the beach and lifting equipment Jalbert unloading a small kytoon for beach flight Jalbert flying a kytoon from a inflatable raft Kytoons flown by models for a publicity photo Ready for flight, printed with US Navy Ready for flight, printed with US Navy (2) Kytoon in flight, printed with DARE AEA JX-2 on the side and fin Jalbert flying kytoon on the ocean from an inflatable raft Kytoon in flight Kytoon in flight Kytoon in flight (2) Kytoon in flight lifting equipment Kytoon tethered inside a hanger Kytoon in flight Kytoon in production or repair? Deflated kytoon Kytoon held by flying line (shot from the nose/or front) Kytoon wrapped ready for storage Kytoon wrapped and ready for shipment Jalbert launching a small kytoon from the beach Jalbert launching a small kytoon from teh beach Flight of kytoon photo has handwritten note:  air inflated 1944 Flight of kytoon photo has handwritten note:  1944 air inflated Ready for flight, photo has handwritten note:  air inflated 1944 Ready for flight, photo has a handwritten note:  air inflated 1944 Ready for flight, photo had handwritten note:  air inflated 1944 Jalbert discussing production of the kytoon Jabert discussing production of the kytoon Kytoon in flight lifting equipment Kytoon in production, inflating the body Kytoon in flight Kytoon being photographed Kytoon in flight Kytoon lifting equipment Kytoon on display at a trade show Kytoon from the end Kytoon in flight Kytoon lifting equipment Illustration of kytoon referred to as Ballon/MX-863(XA) URG-2 Fully Assembled for Flight Illustration of kytoon with assembly equipment (instruction booklet) Weather station kytoon flight Kytoon flights for the USAF Kytoon in photography Kytoon in flight Preflight Jal Kytoon in flight Kytoon in launch Comparison of two kytoons, small: JX-1 (bladder type) large:  JX-2 Kytoon in photography Kytoon in flight Kytoon in flight Small and large kytoons in flight Kytoon tethered with flags attached to its flying line Kytoon in flight Maneuvering kytoon in a hanger Kytoon in a hanger, note scale (compared to the autos) Photo of spreader bar used when flying equipment off the line Kytoon in flight