Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by Jeff Dunteman » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00


As a kid I flew a lot of Hi-Flier kites from 1962-1966 or so, and I'd love to
read a history of the company, with some description of the breadth of their
product line.  I'm not a collector, but it would ideally be the sort of
collector guide you see a lot, with color pictures of the kites.

Does such a thing exist?

Here's one reason I'd like to see something like that:

Back in 65 or 66 I remember seeing a kid trying to fly a Hi-Flier kite that was
a 3-stick 6-sided flat kite, fairly small, named (I think) "Rainbow."  I saw
such a kite only that once, and the kid who had it said he got it at a shoe
store when his dad bought him new shoes.  It's things like that I'd like to read
about, and confirm or deny some ancient memories.

--73--

--Jeff Duntemann K7JPD
jeffd "atsymbol" coriolis.com

 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by David Gomber » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> As a kid I flew a lot of Hi-Flier kites from 1962-1966 or so, and I'd love to
> read a history of the company, with some description of the breadth of their
> product line.  I'm not a collector, but it would ideally be the sort of
> collector guide you see a lot, with color pictures of the kites.

Sorry to say that I've never seen anything like this in print -- about Hi-Flier or
any of the other classic kite companys. But it's an interesting idea. I too have
fond memories of paper and balsa kites from Hi-Flier.

So Jeff -- care to do some research and report back to us??

dg

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Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by Tom McCun » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Haven't seen anything on Hi-Flier, but Kitelines did an article on Gala a few years
ago. I think it also mentioned a bit of history of other kite companies.  I'll try to
get to the ba***t and look it up later this week.  I still would like to find an
early 60's HiFlier with a Northrop Flying Wing design on the sail.  This was the kite
of my childhood.

Tom

Quote:


> > As a kid I flew a lot of Hi-Flier kites from 1962-1966 or so, and I'd love to
> > read a history of the company, with some description of the breadth of their
> > product line.  I'm not a collector, but it would ideally be the sort of
> > collector guide you see a lot, with color pictures of the kites.

> Sorry to say that I've never seen anything like this in print -- about Hi-Flier or
> any of the other classic kite companys. But it's an interesting idea. I too have
> fond memories of paper and balsa kites from Hi-Flier.

> So Jeff -- care to do some research and report back to us??

> dg

> > --

>                     *** Gomberg Kite Productions International ***
>                               <http://SportToday.org/>


 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by Tom McCun » Tue, 09 Nov 1999 04:00:00

The article on Gayla is 'Fantastic Kites, the Delta's Birth in Texas' by Mel Govig in the
Winter 1989-90 issue of Kite Lines (Vol.7,No.4) page 57.

Why can I remember reading something about kites 10 years ago and not remember stuff I
wrote at work last year?

Tom

Quote:

> Haven't seen anything on Hi-Flier, but Kitelines did an article on Gala a few years
> ago. I think it also mentioned a bit of history of other kite companies.  I'll try to
> get to the ba***t and look it up later this week.  I still would like to find an
> early 60's HiFlier with a Northrop Flying Wing design on the sail.  This was the kite
> of my childhood.

> Tom



> > > As a kid I flew a lot of Hi-Flier kites from 1962-1966 or so, and I'd love to
> > > read a history of the company, with some description of the breadth of their
> > > product line.  I'm not a collector, but it would ideally be the sort of
> > > collector guide you see a lot, with color pictures of the kites.

> > Sorry to say that I've never seen anything like this in print -- about Hi-Flier or
> > any of the other classic kite companys. But it's an interesting idea. I too have
> > fond memories of paper and balsa kites from Hi-Flier.

> > So Jeff -- care to do some research and report back to us??

> > dg

> > > --

> >                     *** Gomberg Kite Productions International ***
> >                               <http://SportToday.org/>

 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by Jeff Dunteman » Tue, 09 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Tom--

I flew a lot of those too.  They were very common when I was flying them, from
about 1962-1965.  The kites in question were small 10c items, and they had the
banner "PLAYMATES OF THE CLOUDS" across the top.  The flying wing craft was in
the center, and then under it was either a number (and it never seemed like it
was the same one) or the legend "Little Boy."  I saw a "Little Boy" kite on Ebay
recently for $8.  I don't know if the auction is still underway.  You should
watch eBay--old Hi-Flier kites turn up regularly, tho not for 10c or anything
close!

--73--

--Jeff Duntemann K7JPD

Quote:

>I still would like to find an
>early 60's HiFlier with a Northrop Flying Wing design on the sail.  This was the kite
>of my childhood.

>Tom

 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by Jeff Dunteman » Tue, 09 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Haven't seen anything on Hi-Flier, but Kitelines did an article on Gala a few years
>ago. I think it also mentioned a bit of history of other kite companies.  I'll try to
>get to the ba***t and look it up later this week.  I still would like to find an
>early 60's HiFlier with a Northrop Flying Wing design on the sail.  This was the kite
>of my childhood.

>Tom

I should have looked before responding earlier.  Here is the URL of that Little
Boy kite auction on eBay:

http://SportToday.org/

Is this the one you mean?

Couple more days left on the auction...go for it!

--73--

--Jeff Duntemann K7JPD

 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by SportKit » Wed, 10 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Subject: Re: Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

>Date: Mon, 08 November 1999 08:57 PM EST
>Why can I remember reading something about kites 10 years ago and not
>remember stuff I
>wrote at work last year?

>Tom

Selective memory???? ;)

Ellen

 
 
 

Has anyone ever done a history of Hi-Flier Kite Co.?

Post by SABILIN » Sun, 21 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Please let me know if you get anymore info on the Hi-flier's., I to am very
fond of these kites and have four in my collection and willing to share
pictures if someone willing to put together.I know people are interested on the
history and it would nice to put a catalog together so lets here from you 60's
fliers