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US Military Hires Kite Ship

TreeHugger.com has an article about the US military hiring the Kite Ship “Beluga SkySails ” to transport Military equipment from Europe. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/us-navy-first-kite-power-ship.php Basically it saves them a huge amount of money by reducing fuel consumption. Although not the primary motivator, the fact that the ship uses innovations to reduce costs was a factor in the Military’s decision. Cuts costs, it’s… Read more →

Philippine officials: Muslim militants may resort to kites to attack military choppers

I find this disturbing, however I shouldn’t be surprised. Kites, perhaps from the very early beginnings, have been used as weapons, decoys, and as military tools. Saul’s Barrage kite, for example, (which was test flown here in Halifax, Nova Scotia) was used as an anti-aircraft weapon. It would bring down enemy air craft by “clipping” their wings, so to speak.… Read more →

Bell Cygnet Kite Centennial 2007

On August 21st 2007 a group of about 40 kite flyers from around Canada and the world gathered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s Cygnet kite. This event picked up steam with the media and it was broadcast nationally on the CBC morning news and was on a number of local broadcasts as… Read more →