In a recent post, I tried to shake the tree to see if a Skyraker fell out. Well, I didn't have long to wait! A fellow kite flyer contacted me, saying he had a Skyraker that he wouldn't mind letting go. We quickly agreed on a price, and a few days later, my Skyraker was in an airplane crossing the Atlantic.
So here it is!
As far as I'm aware, this was the first dual-line delta produced by the American arm of Peter Powell Kites. To me, it really does look like a (small) diamond Stunter, to which a pair of wings is added.
Next question is, of course, how does it fly? First flight was in 7-14mph wind, and that shows that the Skyraker really needs a bit of wind pressure on the sail; it was happiest when the wind speed went into double figures.
Reasonably responsive, but not overly quick to react to input. Also a rather large turning circle for its size. I tried to axel it, but only succeeded once (and then only if you really squinted and sort of looked the other way ...). Essentially, it flies as you would expect a small-ish dual-line delta from the 1980s to fly.
I say small-ish: its wing span is 1.70m. Now that's interesting, because the ads from when it was marketed talk about a 76" = 1.93m wing span .... did the Skyraker come in different sizes? If anyone knows more about this, please get in touch!
And I mentioned in my earlier post that the Skyraker came with several different sails: 3-panel, 11-panel, and with 'Illusion' graphics. The one I got my hands on is the 3-panel version, and my bag is always open to an 11-panel and 'Illusion' Skyraker joining the collection ...
A blog detailing our collection of Peter Powell kites, and chronicling our flying of these kites. Plus a bit of PP kite history thrown in. Our collection to date can be seen here. I am keen to expand the collection, so if you have an old Peter Powell kite, whether made in the UK or the US, gathering dust and looking for a new home, why not get in touch? Depending on the kite (does it bring something new or different to my collection?), its condition (is it flyable? how much TLC does it need?), and the price you ask (+ shipping if from outside the UK), we may well be able to do a deal.