Whether he likes it or not, Dr. Jeff Cain and I are forever linked by our fanciful (some would say, stunning) cover photo on American Kite Magazine in winter 1990. It was probably our common home state of Colorado that put our two very different kites on that cover, but it was obvious to all who met Jeff that he would rise to great heights in our passion. In fact, shortly after this photo and after another wonderful kite replica (this one of the Langley Flying machine), Jeff began flying “real” airplanes.
Jeff’s love of flying consumed him and just two years after our appearance on American Kite, Jeff had a horrific accident that left him temporarily broken, but completely undeterred from moving on in life. I almost lost it the first time I saw him walk on one new leg and one battered one.
I’m inspired by Jeff’s story, but know him to be a kindred spirit in his love of kites and all things airborne. Through it all, Dr. Jeff might be found flying Oshkosh’s newest homebuilt, or perhaps he’ll be on a secluded beach enjoying the simple pleasure of flying a kite.