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Kilborne, Dave
Dave Kilborne was a California water skier who met Bill Bennett in 1969 and, with a little help from the Australian, began to build his own kites. These first Kilbo-kites were, like the ski kites they were patterened after, small with a 13 foot keel. After Kilborne had taught himself to fly over water, he began to consider the possibility of foot launching. After some low level practise and the construction of a larger, 16 foot kite, he was making self-launched flights over Mission Ridge near San Jose. On 6 September 1971, Dave Kilborne soared for an hour and four minutes.

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