age 56, even flies kites in the winter, as long as the temperature
is above 45; he says when it dips below that, he gets a little
been flying fighters since '97. Before that, I flew sport kites.
The sport kites got to be more trouble than they were worth,
with the time it takes to set one up and put it away; a sport
kite can take you 10 or 15 minutes just to set it up. Whereas
with a fighter kite, all you do is grab it out of your car and
go play with it.
I got started flying kites when I saw an advertisement in the
back of Popular Mechanics for stunt kites, and I said, "You
know, hey, that sounds like something that moves!" And
it so happened at the same time, one of the guys I was working
with was out in Oregon and saw someone flying one, and went
and bought a little 36-inch F-36 stunt kite. So we took that
out and started flying it, behind work. At the same time I went
out and picked up what for us was a big kite, a whole
48-inches across, and we thought that was a big deal: it was
a whole 50 bucks! Little did we know what we were getting
into! It rapidly progressed to $100, $200, $300 kites. Which
I have a whole bag full and never use now!
Everybody knows I'm a kite flyer...basically 'cause I've given
them all kites by now! It's just a fun thing to do; everybody
fits in somewhere.