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First Kites is dedicated to the somewhat uncommon kites designed and patented in between the year's 1898 and 1949. Uncommon means here: not used very often or not working very good or even not flying very well.

Most of these kites on this website are patented.

They are all build by the signatory.  And the only reason that these kites are build is that they should be build, seen en discussed once.

Jan Westerink

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Lindenbaum, Bernard                                       1974

Inventor  : Lindenbaum, Bernard

Patent      : December 17, 1974

Date         : US 3.854.682
Materials : wood, polystyrene foam

Surface    :  0,2 m2 , span:  50 cm, length:  131 cm

Weight    :  95 g
 
 

Pearson Roller                                             1970

Inventor  : Pearson, Alick

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1970s
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    :  0,9 m2 , span:  cm, length:  cm

Weight    :  g
270
 
 

Kurkjian, Daniel C.                                       1965

Inventor  : Kurkjian, Daniel C.

Patent      : US 3.194.520

Date         : July 13, 1965
Materials : alumium, milai

Surface    : 2,5 m2 , span: 290 cm, length: 400 cm

Weight    : 1095 g
 
Kurkjian in his patent:
"This invention relates to winged aircraft and may be embodied in a free-flying craft, powered or unpowered, or in a tethered craft or kite."

Neary, John F.                                              1949

Inventor  : Neary, John F.

Patent      : US 2.465.917

Date         :  March 29, 1949
Materials : wood, aluminum, cotton

Surface    : 2,5 m2, span: 211 cm, length: 208 cm

Weight    : 1428 g
 
Neary in his patent:
"Collapsible kite."

Irvin, Harry J.                                              1940

Inventor  : Irvin, Harry J.

Patent      : US 2.203.150

Date         : June 4, 1940
Materials : wood, paper

Surface    : 0,6 m2, span: 90 cm, length: 125 cm

Weight    : 168 g
 
Irvin in his patent:
By eliminating parasitic eddy currents, the resulting kite has greater stability than the conventional kites formerly used.

Holland, Jr. R.P.                                           1938

Inventor  : Holland, Jr., Raymond Prunty

Patent      : US 2.134.403

Date         : October 25, 1938
Materials : bamboo, cotton 

Surface    : 5 m2 , span: 400 cm, length: 280 cm

Weight    : 2945 g  (frame 1705 g, fabric 1240 g)
 
Holland Jr. in his patent:
"Wings hingedly connected to the body member, means connected to the wings to maintain the wings in relatively tilted position."

Holland, Jr. R.P.                                          1938

Inventor  : Holland, Jr., Raymond Prunty

Patent      : US 2.134.403

Date         : October 25, 1938
Materials : bamboo, cotton 

Surface    : 5 m2 , span: 400 cm, length: 280 cm

Weight    : 2945 g  (frame 1705 g, fabric 1240 g)
 
 

Oesterle, Valentin                                          1936

Inventor  : Oesterle, Valentin

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 30s
Materials : Wood, aluminium, cotton, paper

Surface    : 3 m2 , span: 240 cm, length: 295 cm

Weight    : 2200 g  (With camera and camera frame: --)
 

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Oesterle in his Book: Möge durch die Bezeichnung 'Fesselflugzeug' der Bau hochwertiger Drachen angeregt werden!

Voigtländer                                                       1935

Inventor  : Unknown to me

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : Produced from 1935 to 1937
Materials : Wood,  metal, cotton

Surface    : 1 m2 , span: 250 cm, length: 135 cm

Weight    : 485 g
 
 
"Der Drachen soll Naturalrabatt für 1000 vom Händler gekaufte SW-Filme gewesen sein."

Self balancing kite                                         1927

Inventor  : Dahl, Conrad

Patent      : US 1.632.822

Date         : June 21, 1927
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    : 0,5 m2, span: 106 cm, length: 111 cm

Weight    : 176 g
 
Dahl in his patent:
"Self balancing kite. Parts are connected together with sufficient flexibility to permit an automatic adjustment to the wind."

Wickersham, Roy D.                                      1927

Inventor  : Wickersham, Roy D.

Patent      : US 1.617.976

Date         : Febrary 15, 1927
Materials : wood, paper

Surface    : 2,12 m2 , span: 155 cm, length: 210 cm

Weight    : 1250 g
 
Wickersham in his patent:
"Attractive to boys  (...)  for use by unskilled persons."

Brookite                                                         1920

Inventor  : Brookite

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1920
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    : 1,3 m2, span: 117 cm, length: 150 cm

Weight    : 730 g
 
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Biplan Dunne                                                 1914

Inventor  : Frantzen, Lucien Pierre

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1914

Materials : bamboo, cotton
Surface    : 2,1 m2 ,span: 235 cm, length: 88 cm, high:  130
Weight    :  1420 g
Frantzen at his sketch: "Etude pour un Cerf-Volant dèrivé de l'aéroplane Anglais."


Cerf-volant pour telegraphie sans fil            1913

Inventor  : Frantzen, Lucien Pierre

Patent      : Not patented  (But see FR 504.211)

Date         : 1913

Materials : bamboo, cotton
Surface    : 2,4 m2, span: 280 cm, length: 200 cm
Weight    :  1428 g

L'Hirondelle                                                   1912

Inventor  : Aston, V.

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1912
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    :  1,3 m2 , span: 280 cm, length:  150 cm

Weight    :  497 g
 
 

Cerf-Volant Anémomètre                             1913

Inventor  : Nerlow, Julien Dit

Patent      : Not patented

Year         : 1913
Materials : bamboo, cotton

Surface    : 2 m2, span: 260 cm, length: 150 cm

Weight    : 1150 g

Perrin, L.                                                      1912

Inventor  : Perrin, L.

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1912
Materials : bamboo, cotton

Surface    :  2,5 m2 , span: 300 cm, length: 150 cm

Weight    :  1930 g
 
 

Monoplan                                                     1912

Inventor  : Ickx, André et Lucien

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1912
Materials : bamboo, cotton

Surface    : 2,5 m2, span: 300 cm, length: 210 cm, high: 140

Weight    : 2000 g
 
 
 
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Cerf-Volant les fréres Ickx 

Seydel, Otto                                                  1912

Inventor  : Seydel, Otto 

Patent      : US 1.016.180

Date         : January 30, 1912
Materials : wood, brass, cotton

Surface    : 1,75 m2, span: 200 cm, length: 180 cm

Weight    : 1150 g
Seydel in his patent:
"To permit of conveniently folding the parts into a comparatively small bundle for carrying the kite from or to the field."

Ickx, André et Lucien                                  1910

Inventor  : Ickx, André et Lucien

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1910
Materials : bamboo, cotton

Surface    :  0,63 m2, span: 102 cm, length: 48 cm, high: 62

Weight    :  325 g
 
 

Bird Kite                                                      1908

Inventor  : Sellers, Matthew B.

Patent      : April 28, 1908

Date         : US 886.159
Materials : bamboo, wood, cotton

Surface    :  5,13 m2 , span:  399 cm, length:  360 cm

Weight    :  3648 g
 

L'Antoinette                                                 1908

Inventor  : Unknown 

Patent      : Modele depose - Brevete S.G.D.G.

Date         : 1908
Materials : bamboo, cotton, wood (propeller)

Surface    : 1 m2 , span: 230 cm, length: 175 cm

Weight    : 700 g
 
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In the catalogue:
"Cerf - Volant   Sportif   et   Scientfique"
                  "DEMONTABLE"

David, Pierre                                              1906

Inventor  : David, Pierre (In accordance with Lecornu)

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1906?
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    :  0,74 m2 , span: 80 cm, length: 80 cm

Weight    :  570 g
 
 

Kusnetzov                                                     1903

Inventor  : Kusnetzov

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1903
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    : ±1,6 m2 , span: 100 cm, length: 150 cm

Weight    :  1050 g
 
 

Bracke                                                           1902

Inventor  : Bracke

Patent      : Not patented

Date         : 1902?
Materials : bamboo, cotton

Surface    : 1 m2 , span: 90 cm, length: 210 cm

Weight    :  600 g
 
 

Cooley, John F.                                            1898

Inventor  : Cooley, John F.

Patent      : US 606.622

Date         : June 28, 1898
Materials : wood, paper, metal wire

Surface    : 2,46 m2, span: 260 cm, length: 200 cm

Weight    : 860 g
Cooley in his patent:
"An easily-constructed, strong, and highly-efficient kite."

Potter diamond-cell kite                                1898

Inventor  : Potter, Samuel A.

Patent      : US 607.129

Date         : July 12, 1898
Materials : wood, cotton

Surface    : 1,4  m2 , span:  96 cm, length:  112 cm

Weight    : 250 g
 
 
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