Cover Story: Kites in museums: Dave Checkley on the Tokyo Kite Museum; Valerie Govig on kites in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Features: Tal Streeter at la Fête du Cerf-Volant in Paris; Art Foran on flying kites on wilderness treks; Valerie Govig on finding kite nirvana in Nag’s Head, NC; Red Braswell on two-stringing the delta to fly figures. Departments: Letter from the Editor: magazine changes; What’s New: Kites: a new roundup of kite reels and a do-it-yourself alternative by Jack Van Gilder, plus Stratton’s Covered Wagon kite kit; What’s New: Books: Kites: The Gentle Art of High Flying, by Susan Tyrrell and Kites: Sculpture in the Sky, by Hiroi; Empty Spaces in the Sky: obituaries of Shingo Modegi and Frank Mots; For the Record: Steven Flack’s altitude effort; a new 4,128 most-on-a-line mark set in Japan; and a 9-hr 15-min duration record set by Tom Sisson and Carl Brewer in Seattle, WA; Profile/Design Workshop: Stephen Bernstein and his Chinese bird kite; News From Here & There: Marilyn Perlman’s news from the San Diego Kite Club, CA; Jerry Grill on Denver’s KIM-FM Radio Kite Festival, CO; teacher Truman Williamson on a school’s assault on a kite train record in Louisville, KY; Hank Szerlag on Detroit’s 5/20 Kite Group, Steven Jeske on activities in Saginaw and Lansing, MI; Bob Ingraham making news in NM; James Linnen on the Long Island Kitefliers Association, NY; news of the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites; news from Seattle and Spokane, WA; Martin Dowling on BBC coverage of a Cody manlift reenactment and Jim Whitehouse on the Stanford Hall Kite Festival, England; Larry Hoffman on Japanese/Korean kite visits and Korean reeling.
At last kites have found permanent rest in two new museums where scholars and enthusiasts may visit and learn. On our cover is the Tokyo Kite Museum, the fifth floor of the Restaurant Taimeiken building, which has been given over to kites by the late Shingo Modegi . The photograph is by David Checkley. The second exhibit is the Flying for Fun gallery now opened in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian . This display is largely the work of Paul Garber, kiting’s own historian . (Both museums are viewed by Kite Lines on pages 26-27.)