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Do you remember your very first kite?

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An older brother who was traveling --- then age 19 with a job and money --- was introduced to kiting and bought two stackable power kites in 1985 (I believe they are Flexifoils) which is how I ended up with Catch the Wind catalogs. CTW kept sending catalogs to our house every few months, and I'd read all I could. 

I had several cheap plastic kites, but my first "real" kites were a single line parafoil in 1986 and a basic dual line line in 1987, both from Catch the Wind.  I would fly them both in a weed-filled field near my house after school, and since I wasn't allowed to actually touch my brother's power kites and he was away, I learned how to fly dual lines as a ten year old flying by myself. I cannot begin to guess how many times I set down my lines hoping the kite wouldn't fly away, set the kite up carefully resting on a tall weed, ran back over to the lines, and tried to launch. ... then after instantly crashing, setting the lines down, walking back across the field, carefully standing it back up, running back before it fell over, and attempting again.  This was before standoffs, and I had nobody to fly with, nor videos to watch.  
 

I keep the parafoil in my car and it sees occasional flight time. Last summer I flew with my brother who still has those flexifoils, while we occasionally traded off with my newer kites.  I keep that old simple 4' dual line kite in my kite bag for nostalgic reasons, the elastics and seams are basically dead.  I still have the old blue SpiderLine, though, it is spectra line that still works after 32 years.

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Peter Powell Stunt Kite in 1987 or 88. It had a plastic sail. I bought in at Kitty Hawk Kites In Nags Head, NC. I think it was $35 big money for an 11 year old. Loved that kite. I flew it until it just disintegrated.


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My dad's large 5 foot delta from his father.  He put it on a massive 3000yd spool of fishing line.

 

Flew it in the park with him one day and dropped the spool.  Never saw it again...

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Ridge lifting one day off the ridges of Palos Verdes .... Cal.    it kept flying out to sea until I lost site... radio would not respond and it was last headed west.Image result for hobie hawk glider

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First kite was a Benson Phantom copy called “Cheetah” . Still have it! It’s pretty loud in decent wind but still fun to fly! ...Although it does need a little tlc: has a few tears on the LE that need to be fixed and the old vinyl hose fittings are a little long in the tooth...


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My grandfather built his own kites after the war in 1947 when he finished building his own home. (Yeah they made them different back then). He flew model planes and his own plane, he had a piper cub, anyway back to the kites. We built a modified box kite together in the early 90’s and I got featured in the local paper with it.


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