Rogallo Flexible Kite

Francis Melvin Rogallo is one of the pioneers of modern kiting sports. His works are leading directly to todays hanggliders and delta kites. Basis of his later developments was the Flexible Kite. A patent application of this kite was filed in 1948 and allowed in 1951. In fig. 5 and 6. he even suggested sticks for the keel and leading edges later found in the delta construction. He also provided the kite with a seven-leg bridle; today kite builders often leave out the bridle line on top of the kite.

Rogallo Patent     14 kB gif

Patent of Rogallos Flexible Kite

Flexible Kite   5kB gif

Flexible Kite Measurements

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