Eileen's Kites

"From its origins in Asia thousands of years ago, the sport of kite-flying has spread all over the world. Today, kite-flying is more popular than ever, both as a relaxing, fun sport and a form of mental exercise. And, unlike many other sports, it's never too early, or too late, to start making and flying your own kites." (Baker)

I was always fascinated with kites as a kid, but I could never seem to get one flying long enough to satisfy my appetite. Dad taught me that you had to run to get the kite in the air. I remember seeing the Peanuts cartoon with Charlie Brown perpetually running to get his kite to fly only to have it end up in a tree. While I don't recall extracting any kites from the trees, I do remember running a lot. The breezes where I lived were not very good for kite flying and I soon tired of the effort. I also remember when a unique kite came onto the market that you would blow up before you flew it. It was easier to launch into the breeze and soon I would have it flying overhead.

After I grew up and away from kites, I joined the U.S. Navy and found myself stationed in Florida. On a particularly dull day I went for a drive of exploration and ended up in St. Augustine, Florida where I rediscovered my love of kites. My flying experiences started all over again and my running days were over. I bought a single-line, delta-wing kite and in no time I had it in the air. Since that time I have flown many different single and dual line kites and I have a collection of kites ready to be flown whenever I decide to stop along a beach and put one or more in the air.

    • History of kites:
      • Invented in China
      • Benjamin Franklin's famous experience
      • 20th century revival of popularity
    • Types of single-line kites:
      • Diamond
        • Keeled
        • Stacked or Eddy Train
      • Delta and Delta Box
      • Box and Winged Box
      • Star and Chinese Dragon kites
      • Sled and Parafoil
    • Dual-Line and Quad-Line Stunt Kites:
      • Diamond
      • Delta
      • Other shapes
    • Miscellanous trivia and glossary
    • Kite Links

Sources for my pages include:
  • Baker, Rhoda and Miles Denyer. Flying Kites: Simple Step-by-Step Kite making projects. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books/Quintet Publishing Limited. 1995.