103 pages, Ebook
reading Cornwell University library
A Treatise on the Making
and Flying of Tailless Kites
For Scientific Purposes and
written by Gilbert Totten WOGLOM,
published in 1896
This is a very interesting book
which contains many good tips, 28 figures, 3 kite aerial
photographs of New York, an Appendix, an index. It's a well
made book and the contents are really interesting.
It starts with the description
and technical analysis of Asian kites. From them, Woglom
designed a bowed diamond kite which he named the Parakite.
Its construction is fully explained with all necessary accessories
for flying easily and safely. Furthermore there are different
versions, for gale winds, for light winds and for "vari-velocitied
winds". He teaches on kiting technique and especially
how to fly a train.of kites.
You will find a method to measure
altitudes, table of ratings against wind velocity, nodes,
Woglom is transmitting a kite experience
issued from a leisure occupation, still valuable nowadays
and so amazing considering that the preface is dated June
25, 1896. At that time, make fly a tailless kite was still
Woglom took the assistance of a
keen and expert amateur photographer, George E. Henshaw.
With his kites and Henshaw's camera they took their first
photograph on September 21, 1895. The plates were 6½"
x 8½ " (165x216mm) and the pictures very clear
Woglom and his contribution shall
be better known as it's really valuable. I can't all describe
here, so you must read it and see Henshaw's pictures.