master kitebuilder from England, sold Wings Over Washington a
complete kit (for the club to build) for one of his 28 foot "Top
Half" kites in 1996.
We met at Paul Dugard's church and laid out all the pieces. Jim
Cosca, Walter Matthews, Paul Dugard, Patrick Callahan, Chris
Shultz, Mike Van Meers, Ron Young and Harvey Wolf were there to
help. First we figured out how the pieces went together. Next
came the big question: "Ok, who wants to sew what"?
Paul got both hands to sew. Jim and Barb got the canopy and
applied the WOW appliqué to the bottom. Ron did the head, first
with spikes for hair, then he corrected it and made a round
head. Walter took the arms, Mike sewed the keels and edgings.
We next met over at Mike's house. Jim, Mike and Walter worked
on sewing the edging on the arms. Then, Paul attached the hands
to the arms and worked on the risers. Next, we met at Jim and
Barb's. Paul and Jim connected the top and bottom canopies. In
celebration we ate a great dinner. Thanks Barb!
Paul took the arms, head and canopy home and over the next few
weeks he connected the parts together and built the bridle.
Many thanks to Bill Goodwin for lending us his Lester Top Half
to use as a reference model.
The Captain took his maiden flight at the club's First Sunday
Fly on the Mall Sunday, September 1st, 1996. For further
information on his adventures check out his diary
"The Adventures of Captain Wow".
|Unfortunately, Captain WOW perished in the Kings' house fire in February of 2008. As of the Spring of 2009, the club is seeking to obtain a new kit from Martin Lester to create Captain WOW II.