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Maillot Kite
Marcel Maillot (1886-1887) of France got the attention of spectators and newspapers alike with the flight of his very large kite that was designed to lift payloads as a test for lifting a person. Accompanied by a ground crew of four manipulating the kite lines, Maillot succeeded in having the kite lift a bag of earth weighing 150 lbs (68 kilograms) in 1886. The Maillot kite sail area was 85 square yards. The frame alone weighed 150 pounds and the canvas sail and cords weighed 99 pounds according to the article.

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