Sparling Kites Kite Descriptions
One of the centerpieces of our show, the octopus is 88 feet long and 18 feet wide. Created by Peter Lynn International in New Zealand, it is comprised of 250 square meters of fabric and a kilometer of thread. The black and red octopus dominates the sky at anywhere it flys.
The other centerpiece of the show is the Peter Lynn Trilobite. The trilobite is 20 feet wide and 90 feet long with tails. This kite is Peter Lynn's interpretation of a prehistoric crab known as a trilobite. It will fly in slightly less wind than the octopus, but does not tolerate high winds as will.
A pair of 25 foot diameter Crown Bols is a real attention getter. The Bols are not kites, but part of a group known as ground bouncers. Depending on the wind, the Bols will bounce as high as 20 feet in the air while rotating.
We use this 85 square foot foil as a lifting platform. We usually fly it with three 100 foot long snake tails and a variety of other 'line laundry'
This kite is centerpiece of our high wind alternative. When the winds get too strong for the Peter Lynn pieces, we put up the Bulldog foil with a 45 foot long spinsock suspended underneath. Under normal wind conditions, we use this kite to lift a variety of other 'line laundry'.
The Ghost deltas were created in Germany to lift flares during a fireworks display. We mainly use this 33 foot long kite with its flowing tails for night flys. When it is hit with a spotlight at night, its earns its name of Ghost Delta.
A large, dramatic Genki that flys in light winds or lifts line laundry. The Super Genki measures nearly 13 feet wide and 4 feet high. The Super Genki is part of our light wind arsenal and makes plenty of impact when other kites can not get off the ground.
When we want to fly somethinng a little different, we pull out this kite. An extraordinary Japanese reproduction of the Sode Dako, this kite is a big 10 feet tall by eight feet wide.
Part of our high wind show, the Saul's Barrage kite was originally created for barrage protection of ship convoys in World War II. Harry C. Sauls of the US War Shipping Administration designed a large box that was flown on wire lines, 2000 feet long. These wires were strong enough to shear the wings off strafing aircraft and provided a formidable protection to merchant vessels below. We prefer to fly it at lower altitudes on traditional kite line.
This is a traditional Chinese Dragon kite. In the US this style of kite train is known as a centipede. Its 60 disks streach out 100 feet and lift the bamboo and silk dragons head.
This kite is actually a train of 75 kites all on one string. The total length of the train is over 400 feet. This kite likes light to moderate winds and is not flown in higher winds.
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