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.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018


Two years ago, I got my hands on a Peter Powell Kites Skylite. When the US arm of Peter Powell Kites became independent under the name Caribbean Kite Company, the Skylite was one of the models they continued, renamed Mustique. Needless to say, I've been looking for a Mustique ever since adding a Skylite to the collection ...

Two years on, there was a kite auction that I did not attend, there was a friend who did attend, and you probably don't have to guess very long that he grabbed a Mustique for me, in the same colour scheme as my Skylite; thank you, you know who you are!

So here's our Mustique, which, incidentally, looked brand new, on the ground and in the air:

Of course, the Mustique and Skylite had to be flown together, and after a bit of bridle tweaking on the Mustique, they behaved themselves pretty well.

Can you tell which is which? Certainly not so easy when they're at the end of 45m lines! Closer up, there are some differences. First of all, they have of course different labels sewn in.

And, secondly, the spine of the Skylite is contained within a sleeve at the back of the sail, whereas the Mustique spine is 'naked' at the back of the sail.

Differences aside, I'm of course pretty pleased to have a Skylite-Mustique pair in my collection. Can't be many of those around!

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