|Alexander Wilson flew a kite train to record air temperatures at different altitudes.
|Ben Franklin proved there was electricity in lightning.
|George Cayley developed the concept of heavier-than-air flight. His glider was a modified arch top kite.
|George Pocock used kites to pull a horseless carriage.
|A kite flown by Homan Walsh, age 10, aided in the construction of a suspension bridge across the Niagara River.
|The Eddy Diamond and the Hargraves Box raised scientific instruments for weather research.
|The Wright Brothers used kites to test their theories for the first flying machine (airplane).
|Guglielmo Marconi used a kite to lift an aerial to make his historical radio link between North America and Europe.
|The French Military (Conyne) Kite raised military observers.
|The Wright Brothers flew the first manned flying machine. A kite train towed S.F.Cody across the English Channel.
|Kites carried a camera aloft to take aerial photographs of the damage caused by the San Francisco earthquake.
|Dr. Alexander Graham Bell flew a man carrying kite made up of over 3,000 tetrahedral cells.
|A German flew a kite train to an altitude of 31,955 feet.
|1939 – 1945
|The Gibson Girl Box, Garber’s Target Kite and Saul’s Barrage Kite were all used in World War II.
|Francis Rogallo patented his Flexi-wing kite. It was the forerunner of the hang glider and delta kite.
|William Allison, Dayton, Ohio, received a patent on HIS “Flexible Flyer”, which we now call the SLED Kite and reproduce by the thousands in kite workshops all over the world. Ed Graeul called it a Basic Kite Form. (one of only 7)
|Domina Jalbert designed the parafoil. His concepts have been adapted for parachutes and kites.
|Peter Powell introduced his dual line stunt kite.
|Kuzuhiko Asaba flew 4,128 kites on a single line.
|Kite flying becomes a sport with the establishment of a National Stunt Kite Circuit. The “California Swept Wing” Stunt Kite has had the greatest influence on stunt flying.