Active with kites for his entire life, Ahlgrim specializes in creating contemporary examples of such historical designs as the Brogden, Roloplan, and Cody, but he also creates almost-perfect contemporary box kites as well.
A graduate of Oberlin, Boekelheide took a year off from college when he earned a grant to study contemporary kites in China. He returned a year later to dig deeper into the kite world he had found there.
Chapman, a former technical specialist in conceptual design of advanced fixed and rotary wing aircraft, now finds time to research the technical development of very early flying machines.
Diem co-authored Drachen Mit Geschichte (Kites with History), one of the finest bibliographies of kite material in Europe and a primer for enthusiasts interested in the design and technique of historical kites.
San Diego, California
An engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, Hadzicki is one of three brothers who started Revolution Enterprises, the first to make a completely controllable four-line kite. The Rev has been the standard for the kite industry for twenty years.
San Jose, California
One of the first contributors to the Drachen Kite Journal, Hinze continues to follow his own path in kiting. He is a serious researcher of kite performance who can’t pass up the chance to try something new and put it to the test.
DOUWE JAN JOUSTRA
Zutphen, The Netherlands
Kite-maker and -fanatic Joustra has been instrumental in several Drachen Foundation kite symposiums. With a fair and open approach, he shares his knowledge and resources with anyone who asks.
Vashon Island, Washington
A veteran aeronautics and space dynamics engineer, Lang designed the flight simulators on which all NASA astronauts trained for the Gemini, Rendezvous, and Apollo lunar missions.
Jane D. Marsching
JANE D. MARSCHING
Digital media artist Marsching is currently an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art in Studio Foundation. She received her MFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts, New York City, in 1995.
SIM SARAK AND CHEANG YARIN
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Instrumental in reestablishing the traditional craft of kite making throughout Cambodia, Sarak and Yarin’s extensive travels across the country resulted in Khmer Kites, a book that has brought the long Cambodian kite history to light.
A former Air Force instructor pilot, Drachen’s board president has flown and designed kites for three decades.
Skinner’s military training created the structure for him to express himself as avisionary kite artist.
Wannrich has become increasingly involved with historical kite designs over the years. His current focus is on kites from Germany and kites from the Steiff company.
Peter and Anne Whitehead
PETER AND ANNE WHITEHEAD
Wellington, New Zealand
Longtime members of the New Zealand Kitefliers Association, the Whiteheads have been involved with kites for over 30 years. Peter is a skilled kite maker, and Anne contributes greatly to the search for the world’s kite-related postage stamps.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fascinated by Vietnamese culture and kites, Whitehurst returned to Vietnam last year to commission traditional kiteflutes. Drachen Foundation thanks him for sharing his knowledge and connections, opening the door to Vietnam.