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The Midlands Kite Fliers was formed in 1979 by a group of dedicated enthusiasts and has steadily progressed to become one of the UK’s premier kite groups.
We organise many events throughout the year, including informal “fly-ins” where we not only fly kites, but also get the chance to talk and exchange ideas on building and designing kites and discuss forthcoming events. We try to meet at least once a month, winter included, at one of our many fly-in sites throughout the Midlands.
The classic kite shape all children draw – The first kite many of us ever owned so it has a key roll to play for many people becoming hooked on kites.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE DRAGON
Kites are generally believed to originate from China having been used for fishing, fighting and just playing. This is a traditional dragon kite with a modelled head and then a series of discs making the tail while lifting the kite.
First seen in the 1930’s but became popular in the 1970’s when many different sizes began to appear. They have alight line pull and fly in a good wind range.
QUAD LINE KITE
The use of four lines allow the kite to be very accurately controlled and to fly in any direction. Often called ‘revs’ after the ‘revolution these kites can be flown on their own but are often displayed in a group flying to music. Two line kites are also flown which are very controllable and can be flown with or without tails.
LIFTER OR PILOT
The unsung hero’s of display kite flying. These are used to lift a line on to which line laundry is attached. They also add stability to display kites to reduce movement on busy festival fields.
These ‘Kites’ are actually attached to a line going to a more stable ‘pilot’ kite above it. This allows shapes that would not be stable enough to fly by themselves to be flown. This method of flying is often used on the large display kites seen at festivals.
Tethered on short lines these ‘kites’ never really fly but bounce just off the ground making a fun display. Very popular with the younger children visiting festivals.
Looking like the traditional parachute these kites are tethered by a central point to the ground and allowed to rotate, making a mesmerising display. Bols can generate very high line pulls and need carefully anchored
Samuel Cody developed this kite as an observation platform for the British army. A number of them were linked together in a ‘train’ with enough lift to hold a man aloft in a small basket! Cody went on to be a pioneer in early aircraft until his untimely death in one of his creations.
MKF organise or support a number of events throughout the year where we fly kites share with the public our passion for kite flying.
Events hosted by other organisations can be found on: