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Wings On Strings Featured At Pioneer Saturday

June 27, 2005 - EAA's third annual Wings on Strings Kite Festival was blessed with great breezes and enthusiastic crowds this past Saturday, June 25. On their way out to the kite flying field, kite expert Charlie Sotich coached youngsters as they made simple paper kites they could fly at EAA's Pioneer Airport, the site of the festival. Cosponsored by WROE radio, Gift of Wings, and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, the event showcased some of the areas most talented kite makers and flyers. Kites as small as a postage stamp, and others as long at 150 feet were flown, and local kite flyers were also encouraged to bring their own kites and fly them as part of the festivities.

The "Kid's Mad Dash" fills the skies above EAA's Pioneer Airport with a hundred free kites donated by Gift of Wings (www.giftofwings.com) as youngsters and their parents quickly unreel string to see who can get their kite the highest in the shortest amount of time.

The Chicago Fire kite team has been together since 1986, performing at Kite Festivals around the world. Four of the team's members flew their custom "Killer Bee" stunt kites in precision formation flights set to music. From left to right, the team members are: Eric Wolff, Kathy Brinnehl, Josh Gordon and Russ Faulk. For more on the team, visit www.chicagofirekiteteam.com.

Jim Wirt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin flew stunning aerial ballets set to music with his six-stack of Revolution kites.

Yves LaForest of St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada (it's near Montreal) specializes in large kite sculptures, including this spectacular Teddy Bear kite.

Kathy Brinnehl of the Chicago Fire kite team explains the structure of her "Killer Bee" stunt kite to some folks attending EAA's Wings on Strings kite festival.

Kite Aerial Photographer Visits Festival
Craig Wilson, kite aerial photographer from Madison, Wisconsin, took the following photos at the EAA Wings and Strings festival June 25 at Pioneer Airport. Wilson uses a kite-borne camera to capture unique views of his subjects. "Hanging by a Thread," and exhibit of Wilson's work, was recently featured at EAA AirVenture Museum in the Gilbert Hanson Photography Gallery.

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