Kite Lines – Vol. 4 No. 1 (Summer-Fall 1981)


Cover Story: Masters of nylon: father-and-son Curtis and Gray Marshall of Baltimore, MD, photos by Ted Manekin, text by Valerie Govig; addendum on bridling geometries. Features: Winners of the Cerf-Volant Club de France photography contest; Bill Tyrrell’s major article “Mastering Ripstop”; Wayne Smith on making a big compass for drawing circles on big kites. Departments: Letter from the Editor the Maryland Kite Society’s retreat in Harpers Ferry, VA; What’s New: Kites: the Waldof Magic Box, three rollers from Vertical Visuals, Peter Lynn’s Baby Dragon, Hyperkites and the TrIby stunters; What’s New: Books: Kites, by McPhun; Profiles: Jacques Fissier on Francis Vilbé, the cobbler/kitemaker of La Guerche-de-Bretagne, France; Design Workshop: John White’s High Aspect Ratio DeltaConyne; For the Record: the world’s largest kite (550 sq.m.) in Holland and an update on the quest for longest kite; News from Here & There: Jim Glass from Boulder, CO on the 2nd annual Father’s Day Kite Festival; the 3rd annual Kite Contest and Clinic in Saginaw, MI; Bill Tyrrell on a visit to the Brooklyn Kite Club, and a good-news verdict for Larry Cuttitta, charged with illegal flying, NY; the stars and stripes lifted by a kite over the beach at Brigantine, NJ; news from the Kite Fliers Association of South Australia; a letter from Thomas E. Cowls on Les Varley and kiting in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; André Mignard’s photos of a kite display in the Paris Metro, France.

Cover Photo:

Gray Marshall’s strikingly pieced Parafoil gives fresh artistry to the great Jalbert Parafoil design . The scene is Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, a location favored for weekend flying by members of the Maryland Kite Society. The open spaces next to the harbor water offer good winds at almost any time . (See more about Gray and his father Curtis Marshall on pages 33 to 35.) Photograph by Theodore L. Manekin.

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