AirFX Vented with matching purple ribbon tail at Shoreline Park, California.
Vented AirFX by Ken McNeill when he owned and ran Aerie Kiteworks. This is the hardest pulling vented kite I own.
Mystics by Ken McNeill of Aerie Kiteworks.
David Barnby flys an Aerie Mystic at Shoreline Park.
Note that the 2 kites are mirror images of each other.
Mamba flown and owned by Laurent Moll.
Mojo. The overlapping stripes is a theme that Ken McNeill used on several of his kites.
Custom colors on a Diablo by Aerie Kiteworks. HOWEVER, this was NOT made by Ken McNeill, but by a fellow who purchased the rights and pattern from Ken.
An authorized Aerie Kiteworks kite, but not made by Ken McNeill (although designed by him).
Mamba At Sunset. Although this looks very calm, the winds were around 15 mph and first time flier Ross was leaning back hard. The bridle broke moments after this photo and Ross landed on his butt. The kite came out fine. Thanks Ken McNeill for making such a beautiful and excellent flying kite.
Dodd Gross (on phone) while Ken McNeill (in blue) and David Barnby fly on.
3rd generation Mojo by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Ken McNeill with a Mojo.
Mickey McKay with his beautiful Mamba. I consider this the prettiest Mamba ever made.
Mamba by Blue Moon Kites. That is just really beautiful.
(l-r) Ken McNeill, Dodd Gross, Jon Trennepohl
Ken McNeill with a self-made Blue Moon MSE.
David Barnby examines the MSE.
Ken McNeill teaches Sean Gurganian how to fly a sport kite.
Mojo made by and flown by Ken McNeill. Yes, Ken is holding a tip stand on the lifeguard tower.
Killer Bee in patriotic attire.
A little out of focus or just camera motion, not sure.
AirFX 32 panel.
Here is a nice shot of John receiving a Custom Mamba. I seem to recall that this was a complete surprise to him. We threw a nice BBQ at Baylands which was really a surprise party to get him this kite. Steve may remember more. It was a good time. (text by Brett Grant)
Mambas at Baylands. Nineteen if I counted correctly.
Blue Moon shoot at Baylands.
Custom Mamba with mylar panels flown by Laurent Moll.
The only 2 AirFX Venteds accounted for of the dozen or so that Ken made.
Mr. Haebler with his beautiful Mamba done in a bird theme.
A gift from Jim Byrne. This Mojo was then given, years later, to my son Britt, who still flies it at Shoreline Park where this photo was taken.
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Sabres by Ken McNeill, Aerie Kiteworks
Sabre by Aerie Kiteworks. Note that the upper kite is flying itself, tethered at 3 points.
I'm holding the remote button to take this picture of me with the 2nd most beautiful Mamba ever made. Of course, that's just my opinion. The kite was an amazing gift from several friends.
My semi-selfmade Mojo UL. Panels were pre-cut and the kite was then sewn at a workshop held by Ken McNeill and GWTW in Chico, CA. Later, this kite would become my friendship kite with signatures appearing across the sail.
Workshop Mojo UL. Panels pre-cut by Ken McNeill. Sewing by John Chilese (Thankfully, the kite flies just fine)
As The Wind Settled, I took out my new Mojo UL, made at the Chico workshop with Ken McNeill as the teacher. Yes, this Chilese built kite actually flys quite nicely, although my sewing looks like caca compared to Ken's.
David Barnby tries out my Mojo UL at Shoreline Kite Park.
3 Mojos flown and held by Jessica, Olivia and Dale at Shoreline Park, CA.
Mantis (BMK) in the air and 32 panel AirFX (Aerie Kiteworks) on the ground. Doug Charleville at the helm.
Mantis in the air and AirFX 32 panel on the ground.
Dave Sabilino with his matching colors BMK Ichiban.
Ichiban by Blue Moon Kites
Steve & Larry DeMar on their first day of flying sport kites.
Mantis by Blue Moon Kites
K3. Note the winglets.
K2, no winglets.
K2 by Aerie Kiteworks (Ken McNeill)
Aerie Kiteworks (Ken McNeill) Mystic.
Mantis Vented by Blue Moon Kites
Donna had her vented Mantis.
Mojo standard by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon kites.
Mojo by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Ari signs the friendship Mojo UL.
Custom mylar panels on the "Yellowjacket" Mamba. These were supposed to reinforce the insect theme.
Doug Charleville stops by Patriot Park to try out a few kites. He flies really well.
Ken McNeill Holding His 61/49 Single Line Kite
Mark Reed of Prism Kites (left) & Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites (right)
The world's only Reprise SLK. That's why Ian is smiling.
The only Reprise in the world. Built by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon kites.
Ian holds his Reprise up to the light. Note that the sky was quite hazy causing unusual lighting in all these shots.
As I have photographed this kite before, these shots were to show different points of view.
Ian holds onto the world's only Blue Moon Reprise at New Silverbowl Park, Las Vegas.
Reprise SLK by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Reprise by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
"Muse" by Blue Moon Kites (in 2009, this kite was put on hiatus)
"Muse" by Ken McNeill. This was Ken's slightly lower cost sport kite using a simplified panel layout.
David Barnby was in town for a convention and was able to spend Saturday evening and Sunday morning with us. Here he is, inventing a new kite holding pose with his BMK Muse by Ken McNeill. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Donna poses her much more normally color schemed Mantis.
Exile by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Dan Burnham shows us his good side.
George flies his 61/49 designed and built by Ken McNeill who is Blue Moon Kites.
Ichiban (foreground) & Reprise with taper tail at New Silverbowl Park, NV.
Mojo standard by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Mojo Patriotic RWB by Ken McNeill Of Blue Moon Kites. This is a 2nd generation panel layout. The wingtip panels are still curved, but the center panels are no longer curved like the original 1st generation. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Two photos combined. The original photo is the Ghost Pyro and the pink T2 flying in front. The AirFX with tail was added at a later date.
RWB Mamba designed and built by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
"Moonie" Mamba in front of the one-of-a-kind Afterburner. The moon in the upper left was in the original photo, but wasn't wearing sunglasses and nose until a Photoshop visit.
Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites with the Ichiban (2002 AKA Nationals, Ocean City, Maryland
Ken McNeill and Bambi with the hand-delivered last classic paneled Blue Moon Mojo.
Ahhhh, back when I was thinner. Ken McNeill is the one wearing the Blue Moon hat.
Ken McNeill at the AKA Nationals in 2002 in Ocean Shores, Maryland with the final "classic paneled" Mojo by Blue Moon kites.
Ahhhhh. My Mojo. Hand delivered by Ken McNeill. I was surprised when Ken told me no one had ever ordered this airplane look before. It seemed like a natural.
3D Stereogram of a Blue Moon Kites Mamba (Just focus halfway between the picture and your eyes)
Not a real cover for Kiting Magazine.
Doug's patriotic Mojo standard.
Mako SE Prototype by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kiets.
Doug's Mojo UL or SUL.
One of these photos is on his website.
This kite later became the MSE with some panel changes and tweaks.
Doug Charleville's rainbow fabric Mojo. This is either a UL or SUL judging from the connectors.
Classic paneled Mojo on ground and 2nd generation paneled Mojo in the air.
Doug, that is a good looking kite.
Doug adds his patriotic Mamba to the shoot.
Maverick. There were around 10 of these made by Ken McNeill, but the kite never went into true production.
Mojo Classic Panel Layout by Blue Moon Kites (Ken McNeill).
Laurent Moll with his Mojo.
I have only seen these 2 Vented AirFX models. Ken McNeill didn't make many of these and I've never even heard of any of the others.
Ken McNeill asked people to submit a design for a new logo. I submitted this as I felt a Blue Moon should be full.
Some other ideas for patriotic Blue Moon kites.
This was my idea for a Custom Mamba by Ken McNeill. Later, several good friends chipped in and had this made for me. It is beautiful.
This was my idea for a custom Mamba. Although Ken McNeill refused to do it, he later made a few very, very similar ones to this. The only difference was less stars.
Paul Shirey writes: Attached is a motivational poster proudly displayed in my workshop. Thanks for inspiring me John! (Don’t get offended…just some good natured ribbing!)
Yes, that's me (John Chilese) in my Killer Bee outfit with a Blue Moon Killer Bee Kite. My co-model is John Welden.
After watching a video of the Mamba on the GWTW Forum, I pulled out my Yellowjacket Mamba for some excellent flight time.
This kite was actually a gift from several of the GWTW Forum members several years ago. It may be the only Mamba with mylar panels. The mylar is supposed to emphasize the Yellowjacket insect theme.
The Mamba can get very quick with winds over 10 mph.
The Mamba has one of the most versatile panel layouts.
Bob Matteo brought 2 Ichibans, but we only had time to photograph this one. Note the matching transition tails.
That is a beautiful SLK. Designed and made by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Had to get Bob in a few photos.
We flew from 6 PM until they turned off the lights at 11 PM. I also asked Bob to re-sign my friendship Mojo UL.
Ichiban with matching transition tails owned and flown by Bob Matteo.
The sun was getting pretty low for these final shots.
You can see the park lights have been turned on. I used the built in flash for this final picture. Thanks for coming Bob.
(text by Ken McNeill) NEON ANGEL: I did a small handful of these for friends in '93(?) Not a style you see much on kites, but a lot of fun. It's on the K2 platform.
The black material has a slight tint of green in it. When I shot the pictures, the green was very pronounced. I spent about 20 minutes a photo getting rid of most of the overly emphasized green.
All 6 of these kites (5 Ken McNeill's and the Wozniak) came from the Terry McPherson collection. When I told Terry Ken had a desire for the Neon Angel, Terry gave the kite to Ken as a gift, with a stop-off here in Las Vegas for photos.
Close-Up of the Neon Angel applique. You can just see the green tint in the black sail.
(text by Ken McNeill) I forgot that Terry had the very first "production" AirFX. The first prototype was a SUL version that we flew indoors. It pulled so much we broke 50 pound lines! Needles to say, the design got de-tuned just a bit. ;-) Still my favorite kite of all time.
Four of Terry's kites looked like they had never been assembled or seen the light of day. These are definitely NOS (New Old Stock).
The AirFX is Bambi's favorite kite. We now have 2 Venteds, 3 Standards and 1 UL.
Inscription: AirFX #1 made for Terry McPherson 6/94 Ken McNeill.
(text by Ken McNeill): Built on the original Bella Donna platform. This "WindDancer" was the first kite I did any applique on. It was also the first kite I sold outside my home town. Thanks Terry!
So in a few months this WindDancer will be 19 years old.
All these photos taken in my backyard in very little wind. One hand flying, yank and shoot, then take a shower due to the 100°+ weather.
I added keeper lines to a few of the kites as the long bridle lines were wrapping on the keel. Although I took the photos in the as received condition.
Good perspective view of the WindDancer.
And a very cool bag too.
(text by Ken McNeill) Custom K2 made for Terry McPherson. Again, one of the first, IIRC. Carrington sail.
These graphics were later used on the 3rd generation Mojo.
Very tall, low aspect ratio kite in immaculate condition.
Ken McNeill uses panels as themes over several kites. If you look at the Vision, Diablo and Mantis, you can see this theme used very well.
Short keel, and long bridle. This is one of the kites I later added keeper lines too.
(text by Ken McNeill) This is an Aerie Kiteworks "Vision", which came between the WindDancer and K2. You can probably tell I liked the graphic, because it got recycled for the Diablo, and later the Mantis with a little enhancement. (following text by Holly) The Vision was named through a contest held by the Chicago Kite Company.
We have had absolutely zero clouds for weeks now. So the sky is pretty boring. At least you get to see the cool pattern Mark came up with for his Mongoose.
Hopefully, some clouds will come in for the next time this kite goes up.
That Neon Yellow never looks quite right in photos.
Nice bold pattern. Inscription done as inset lower right.
A little flat. This photo may be hitting the eject button in the next couple of days.
Sept 18, 2010: Patriot Park near my house. Mark loaned his new Mongoose to me for some photos. Yes, I am once again flying the kite and shooting. Even got this cool fade.
Here is the previous photo with the lens spots reduced. It's not a perfect Photoshop fix, but not too bad.
And barring a couple of lens flare spots, this one looks pretty darned good to me. That's the tip of Shane Hill's flying handle on the left. It's what I use to fly left-handed for these shoots. The Mongoose was just being brought out of its fade here.
I was shooting right into the sun, so I knew 90% of these photos were going to be garbage. But I wanted to go for something extra for Ken McNeill. He's my hero.
I hit the beach around 4:30 PM on Thursday. It seemed appropriate that the slightly hazy conditions called for a monochrome kite and the Mamba was stunning. Thanks Dave.
Friday, May 20, 2011. Mark holds up his Blue Moon Mongoose UL "Moonie".
Close-up of the Blue Moon logo with the "attitude beard".
At a little after 7PM, we were getting the warming effect of the sun on the colors.
As this is the first time I've photographed the Moonie Mongoose, I'm including several pictures more than normally posted.
I got to fly the kite for a little while. Very light on the lines. Very nice.
See, just more of the background.
The shot after this is the same one, just cropped for a 4x3 ratio.
Darren was the pilot for the shoot.
Probably my favorite picture of the group.
Just slowing down to 1/1000th of a second shows this slight blur. I was experimenting. Normally, I shoot at 1/2000th of a second and even with the kite moving slowly it is truly difficult to freeze the motion.
Got lucky on this one.
Of course it helps when the pilot is stalling the kite and letting it settle slowly to the ground.
Mark then brought out his Mojo RWB, recently purchased from Kent. After taking these photos, I got a chance to fly this one. Still considered by me to be the best flying sport kite ever made, although Bambi says it is the AirFX. As the AirFX is the father of the Mojo, who am I to disagree.
You can see the billow of the sail as it is un-inflated in this stalled position. The Mojo is one of the very few kites to incorporate broadseaming into the construction.
The sun was getting pretty low by this time. You can see the yellow tint to this photo.
I do enjoy how the kite lines will pick up and reflect the sun. Sadly, you can see some color fringing in the sky to the left side.
The blue can go through several shade changes as the sun shines through it.
My favorite photo showing the different shades of blue. Sadly, I missed the lower tip of the kite.
Feb 8, 2012. Bambi and I went to a new park (to us). It consists of 12 softball fields. We flew the Mamba for a while and loved the park. But then we were kicked out by the T-ball crowd at 4:30 PM. Photos taken with our pocket camera.
That's right. It's a Mamba with mylar panels. A gift from several friends on the GWTW Forum years ago. Really.
Killer Bee in a fade, held by Donna.
The light was getting low so I asked Wayne to just hold his Blue Moon Kites "Mongoose" for me.
3D stereogram. This is the kind where you cross your eyes or think of focusing halfway between your eyes and the photo. A center 3D image should appear.