A Brief History Of Kites
When we turn to the purposes for which kites were used in those far-off days, much that is
of interest may be noted. Ancient Chinese historians have recorded that they were employed
to carry ropes across rivers and gorges.
It is interesting to read Cayley's own words about his experiments with kites. In 1804 he
wrote: "A common paper kite containing 154 square inches was fastened to a rod of wood at
the hinder end, and supported from the front part from the same rod by a peg, so as to
make an angle of 6°.
In continuing the story, a brief account may be given of the achievements of other
pioneers. Captain B. F. S. Baden-Powell, brother of the founder of the Scout movement, was
one of them. He was a well-known balloonist, who at Pirbright Camp in 1894, successfully
demonstrated his man-lifting kites.
Through the 'nineties and into the dawn of the twentieth century, enthusiasts in various
parts of the world were making hazardous experiments with kites and kite-like machines.
They were persistent and courageous in their attempts to conquer the air.
19 Great Kites to Make