Every year since 2006, I’ve participated in a unique event. The week before the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival (Formerly the Smithsonian Kite Festival) has been Kite Day at the National Air & Space Museum on the mall. There have been exhibits, kite building for children, and demonstrations of indoor kite flying by some local and some out of town guests. It was always fun to do. Imagine flying a kite inside a famous museum among the exhibits!
I design my own fighter kites. My indoor designs have been flying in different parts of the National Air & Space Museum for the last 11 years. I tried to make my flying a change of pace from the other flyers. Generally, you have to back up to put air pressure on the sail of your kite. It’s best at a constant speed. With my fighter kite, I can also pull on my line to move the kite, so I enjoyed playing faster, more modern tunes and basing my performance on speed. I loved every moment of it.
This year, due to budget difficulties, and the desire to fund other priorities, the Museum decided not to hold Kite Day. I hope they resurrect it. I’ll miss that unique opportunity.