1910s: The Perkins Man Carrying Kite

Sources 1. US National Archives, 2-12. Boston Public Library

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  1. James

    The story behind the kite, according to sciencephotogallery.com. As the stalemate of trench warfare developed on the Western Front in the First World War, a variety of aerial reconnaissance methods were used to map enemy positions. These included aircraft and balloons. This is one of the giant man-carrying kites developed by Samuel Perkins, being tested at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. The kites were never used in action. In the first and third photo, the soldier riding the kite is Lieutenant Kirk Booth of the US Army’s Signal Corps.

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