A blog detailing our collection of Peter Powell kites, and chronicling our flying of these kites. Plus a bit of PP kite history thrown in. Our collection to date can be seen here. I am keen to expand the collection, so if you have an old Peter Powell kite, whether made in the UK or the US, gathering dust and looking for a new home, why not get in touch? Depending on the kite (does it bring something new or different to my collection?), its condition (is it flyable? how much TLC does it need?), and the price you ask (+ shipping if from outside the UK), we may well be able to do a deal.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Looking for a Skyraker (or two)

In a previous post, I mentioned that a Peter Powell Kites company was set up in the US to produce and sell kites under the Peter Powell name and brand. At first, this company produced diamond Stunters essentially similar to UK-made Stunters. But gradually, they expanded more into dual-line deltas and even into quads (as mentioned in my previous blog post).

Judging from ads in the kiting magazine Kite Lines, the first Peter Powell delta to come on the US market (in 1989) was a Skyraker. This was a 1.93m wing span delta, which first came in two versions: with a 3-panel sail, and a slightly more expensive 11-panel sail.

Later, the Skyraker also came with 'Illusion' graphics, and in an ultralight version.

There aren't many pictures of actual Skyrakers to be found on the web, but this is a very nice example.

Now .... I don't have a Skyraker in my collection, so definitely interested in adding one to the Peter Powell bags. And I really wouldn't object if I end up having more than one: say, one with an 11-panel sail (the one in the picture above would do very nicely) and one with the 'Illusion' graphics.

Any gathering dust?

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