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UFO and Rotor Kite Information

[photo] Rotor Kites are to me are one of the most fasinating kites. They don't even fly like a normal kite but instead fly... err well... like a UFO! The photo to the right, taken with a slow speed camera, shows one such rotor kite in action.

The definition of `rotor' kite is in itself controversial. It has come to mean any kite which uses or depends on rotation in some manner to fly. This falls into some general catagories, basically determined by the direction the axis of rotation is relative to the wind and ground...

[photo] The first of these, the UFO kite, I am particularly interested in, I have built at least 20, over the last few years and they never cease to amaze me. Silver UFO's flying in sunlight can send splashes of sunlight in all directions and act like a beacon visible from 10 Km away when all other kites have long shunk to invisibility.

The spinning surface also offers scope for designed which flip from one image to another. Then the vibration the kite produces on the kite line is always a big suprise to people who have never flown one before. [photo]

To my nephew who never bothered to look up and see the kite, the flickering shadow of the kite on the ground in the noon day sun was just irresistable to try and grab.

The rest of this page is devoted to UFO rotor kite information.

Rotor Information Found Here...

* How does a UFO rotor kite fly?
* Modern UFO Kite (also UFO trains!)
* Classic Meattray Rotor Kite PLAN (plain text by Arnie Wool)

Other Rotor Kite Information (elsewhere)...

* Rotary Flyer (latest) (US Patent 5598988)
* Rotary Flyer (Sams UFO) (US Patent 4779825)
* SykBow (or Rotor Arch) Home Page (long, thin, and noisy)
* Virtual Kite Zoo - Rotor Kites (including gyroplane kites)

Created: 8 October 1998
Updated: 11 March 1999
Author: Anthony Thyssen, <anthony@cit.gu.edu.au>