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“Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observing the progress of one of his tetrahedral kites"

The original, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the tetrahedral kite (as well as a couple other things).  After Japanese kites, Bell's creations are my chief inspirations in the kite making field.  These kites made of cloth and wood look as futuristic now as they did back then.  Forget space age materials, I see my kite future in working with materials like this...so beautiful.

The original, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the tetrahedral kite (as well as a couple other things). These kites made of cloth and wood look as futuristic now as they did back then.

"Bell had been preoccupied with building kites that improved on Lawrence Hargraves’ “box” designs. He settled on kites composed of multiple cells of tetrahedral structures, a design that would increase the amount of surface area with a minimum of materials."—Enrique Ramirez, on "Siamese Twin" kites by Alexander Graham Bell, in "The Aerodynamic Lightness of Being"

"Bell had been preoccupied with building kites that improved on Lawrence…

A very complex artistic creation that some would class as a Box kite. It's definitely a cellular kite design, although the cells are well disguised among all the flowing lines! Not to mention the alternating color scheme. T.P. (my-best-kite.com) "Another shot at the pinwheel" Cropped from a photo by ke9tv on Flickr (cc

A very complex artistic creation that some would class as a Box kite. It's definitely a cellular kite design, although the cells are well disguised among all the flowing lines! Not to mention the alternating color scheme. T.P. (my-best-kite.com) "Another shot at the pinwheel" Cropped from a photo by ke9tv on Flickr (cc

The Kalinin K-7 was a heavy experimental aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

“ Shocking Historical Photos The Kalinin was a heavy experimental aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early ”

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Fairey Long Range Monoplane (1928) The Fairey Long-range Monoplanes were a pair of British experimental aircraft. The first one has flown from England to Karachi in 1929 in an attempt to set a new world record. The distance was short of the world records. It crashed in Tunisia later same year en route to S.Africa. The second aircraft successfully set a new world record in 1933

Fairey Long Range Monoplane (1928) The Fairey Long-range Monoplanes were a pair of British experimental aircraft. The first one has flown from England to Karachi in 1929 in an attempt to set a new world record. The distance was short of the world records. It crashed in Tunisia later same year en route to S.Africa. The second aircraft successfully set a new world record in 1933

The Gyroptere or Gyropter of 1913 was a single rotating blade flying machine designed by Alphonse Papin and Didier Rouilly. The blade or rotating wing was counterbalanced by an 80 h.p. nine cylinder Le Rhone rotary engine. A nozzle on the far tip of the rotating blade provided additional thrust and the pilot operated the craft from a non-rotating nacelle. Tests on a lake ran into problems with the blade hitting the water. The results were described as inconclusive, lacking enough power for…

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This kite was made by the owners at home using fiberglass and rip-stop nylon.    photo:  via Geoff (Sydney) at Berkeley Marina, California, USA

This kite was made by the owners at home using fiberglass and rip-stop nylon. photo: via Geoff (Sydney) at Berkeley Marina, California, USA

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