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.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Jolly Roger

The Skyraker was the first of the dual-line delta kites produced by the US arm of Peter Powell Kites. It came in a range of versions, depending on the number of panels in the sail: 1, 3 or 11. The 11-panel also came in a special Stars 'n' Stripes version. On top of that, there was also a version with an 'Illusion' graphics sail. Incidentally, I have a 3-panel Skyraker in the collection.

Recently, I stumbled across a mention of a 'Jolly Roger' version of the Skyraker, but without any picture. Now look at this photo from SKQ 3-1 (spring 1991), showing Bill Baker (of Peter Powell Kites) with Billy Jones (then of the Kite Loft, later also part of Peter Powell Kites).

First of all, you can see part of the familiar Peter Powell logo. To the left is a bit of the typical chequerboard pattern of an 'Illusion' Skyraker. Look at the kite above that. It definitely has a Jolly Roger graphic, and what I can see of the shape and configuration of the kite is consistent with it being a Skyraker.

Do I need to spell out that I want a Jolly Roger Skyraker in my collection??

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