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  1. 1. ==== ====All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here : ====How long is the history of stunt kites? Or, since when have kites had 2 or more lines attached fordoing tricks and stunts? Heres a few details if youre curious!The BeginningsDuring the second world war, some naval antiaircraft gunners were trained using steerable 2 linekites that flew like modern stunt kites with two control lines. A pilot on the ground would fly the kitearound, making it hard to hit. Ive seen a photo, the kite itself really looked like a diamond stunter.A fairly big one, standing about as tall as the man holding it. The concept was developed by PaulGarber, a U.S. Navy Commander. Perhaps the history of them starts right here!Decades of Popular Stunt KitesHowever, until the 1960s, 2 line stunt kites for the general public werent to be seen. These kitesreally started to become more popular in the 70s. Most kite flyers have heard of the Peter PowellStunt Kite, which Powell came up with in 1972. At last it was much easier for anyone to buy and flythem. His design was a diamond with a very long, inflatable tail. The idea at the time was to tracebig patterns in the sky with the tail! Surprisingly, this design is still popular today.A lot of manufacturers came out with delta shaped stunt kites in the 80s. Watching or competing inkite flying contests became a cool thing to do. At this point in the history, team flying became aspectator sport with stacked kites performing colorful precision maneuvers in the breeze. Peopleflew deltas, diamonds or flexifoils, depending on their preference. Apart from the still-popular PeterPowells, these kites had names like Hawaiians, Hyperkites, Flexifoils, Trlbys, Rainbows andSkynasaurs.Flexifoils were similar to the parafoils which had been invented in the early 60s, but had a flexiblespar running the entire length of the leading edge. These flexifoils flew really fast through the air!Any history of stunt kites would not be complete without mentioning one particularly notable designof the period, the Mirage. This was a cleverly designed tailless delta that managed to win a lot ofcontests in the mid to late 80s. The design was inspired by the writings of two kite experts, DavidPelham and Peter Ianuzzi. In those days, flyers would do 3 compulsory maneuvers rated 1-10 plusa 1-3 minute freestyle demonstration.The big wing stunt kites were also invented during the mid 80s. These kites were deltas withwings up to about 2.5 meters (8 feet) across. The first of this kind was called the Hawaiian TeamKite.
  2. 2. Starting in the 90s, the early parafoils were developed into traction or power kites. The main ideahere was to get pulled along on a surfboard, kite buggy or snowboard. However, some of theseparafoils remain in use as sparless ones by a lot of people because theres nothing rigid to break!But say stunt kite today, and it really means delta stunt kite to most people.Since the 90sRip-stop nylon has become the favorite material for kite sails. This material is tear-resistant, lightand doesnt let any air through. It is used in all types of modern stunt kites.The Stardust CAD is an example of a sparless one. A beginners kite, its hardy and doesnt havea huge pull. There are plenty of parafoil stunt kites on the market, with the main advertising catch-phrase being nothing to break, just have fun.A more high-performance kite is the Prism Stylus range of kites. These come in ready-to-flypackages which include Spectra lines, winder, flight straps, and a tiny stuff sack or bag for storingand transporting.Seattle Airgear is a company that is very serious about designing, making and flying these. Theyuse aeronautical engineering know-how to develop their kites. For the more discerning flyer theyproduce the WindDance Dual-line Parafoil Stunt Kite. The design of future ones will likely beaffected by new space-age materials that allow even more lightness and for the delta, stiffness.Tim Parish and his family are rediscovering the joys of kite flying. They blog new pages on website, and also research the kiting world. This site will introduce you to manykinds of kites and kite flying activities, including stunt kites of course!Article Source: ====All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here : ====