Cover Story: A spectacular September in Europe, with cover photo by Simon Freidin of Michel Gressier’s Bol; Tony and Linda Sparrow at Montpellier, France and the Bristol International Kite Festival, England; Simon Freidin at the 6th International Kite Festival of Dieppe; and Axel Voss at the 7th annual International Kite Festival Berlin. Features: Second edition of the Kite Lines stunt kite survey, by Brooks Leffler; Nick D’Alto on the kites of early aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead. Departments: Letter from the Publisher: behind-the-scenes at the magazine office; What’s New: Kites: Peter Lynn’s Tako Tako, the Shadow Box from Greens of Burnley (Brooks Leffler design), a new Prof. Waldof Tetra, a six-foot Cody from Buffalo Cody Kites, W.R. Freeman’s Alita and the Pocket Sled from Fancy Kites; What’s New: Books: Chinese Artistic Kites by Ha, Chung-Kuo Ha Shi Feng Zheng (Chinese Kites of the Ha Family) by Ha, Chinese Kites by Wang Hongxun, Feng Zheng Jiyi Yu Chuangxin (Kite Artistry and Innovation) by Wang Qinian, and Kites of Malaysia by Hosking; Design Workshop: Rod Stewart and the “butterfly for a Buck”; Tips & Techniques: improved bridle knots from Pete lanuzzi and Thomas Arbster; Stunt Diary: John Griffith on kite traction fun in Bandon, Oregon; For the Record: most kites on a line in Japan, the largest stunter and largest Eddy in Ocean City, MD, with Simon Freidin commentary on the latter; In the Wind: more on Guinness records and other news; Empty Spaces in the Sky: Henk van Meekeren; Best of Show: The Carp by Scott R. Skinner, photo by Alison Stanes.
BOL No1, by Michel Gressier of Tours, France is launched by Peter Lynn of New Zealand and Michel (a shadow behind the ball). Though a spinner, the kite has it’s own lift. Photograph at Dieppe, France by Simon Freidin. (story page 42)