• Having become interested in kites because of an exhibition, workshop and festival organized by the lively museum he directed in a town near Wellington, New Zealander Bob Maysmor found himself organizing a national kite association in the mid-80s.
  • At age 83, Helen Bushell, of Melbourne, likes nothing better than to recall her 40 plus years of involvement with kiting, a sport she loves. She took up kiteflying when she and husband and five children, plus friends, went to the beach. The men and boys sailed, the women and girls were relegated to the sand. Buying a little Delta that had just come on the market, Helen adopted kites as an amusement for herself and the kids. When she saw two seemingly identical kites perform very differently, she became fascinated by the aerodynamics involved.
  • In 1993, Robert Brasington and wife Tracey had excellent jobs in England as horticulturists, he as production manager of a major firm, she as a department manager. They had saved up a fair amount of money, “enough capital to comfortably set us up in business,” he says.
  • With financial assistance from the Drachen Foundation, the Royal Aeronautical Society of England is conserving its unique collection of Lawrence Hargrave material. An Anglo-Australian, Hargrave was a l9th century aeronautics pioneer whose fame largely rests on his invention of the box kite in l893.