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March 6, [1962
w. c. CHRISTIAN
3,023,988
ARTICLE CARRIER FOR KITE STRINGS
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Filed June 17, 1960
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INVENTOR.
WILLIAM (‘C mms‘rmu
AGENT
Unite States
3,623,988
Patented Mar. 6,. 1962
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2
3,023,988
adjoining substantially rectangular guide frame 33 and in
a plane substantially parallel therewith.
ARTICLE CARRIER FOR KITE STRINGS
William C. Christian, 211 Wilden Drive, Towson, Md.
Filed June 17, 1960, Ser. No. 36,959
2 Claims. (Cl. 244-155)
The guide frame 33 is secured to the frame 8 as by
welding or otherwise to the tie rod 17 as shown at 34 and
is further secured by a rod ‘35 having its end portions at
tached to the guide frame ‘33 and its intermediate portion
The present invention relates to new and useful im
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welded or otherwise secured to the rod 8' at 36 as shown
provements in article carriers for kite strings and has for
in FIGURE 3 of the drawing.
its primary object to provide, in a manner as hereinafter
To propel the device on the kite string 6 a sail 37
set forth, a simply constructed, positively operated and 10 constructed of cardboard or other suitable materialis
inexpensive device for carrying toy parachutes, or other
provided with a notch 38 to enable it to straddle the body
objects, up a kite string by the action of the wind, and
frame 8 between the guide frames 24 and 33, and holes
which embodies article releasing means which will not
39 and 40 for the reception of spaced holding and releas
jam or otherwise get out of order and is operative by a
ing means or prongs 41 ‘and 42.
slight impact against an abutment on the line of the kite 15
The holding prongs 41 and 42 are lateral spaced exten
string to release the articles for descent in the air.
sions of legs 43 and 44 extending from a cross bar 45
To the accomplishment of the above, and subordinate
which is welded or otherwise secured as at 46 to an actuat
objects presently appearing, a preferred embodiment of
ing means or shaft 47.
my invention has been illustrated in the accompanying
The actuating shaft 47 vhas an open loop 48 formed on
drawing, set forth in detail in the succeeding description,
its front end portion for releasable engagement about
and de?ned in the subjoined claims.
the kite string 6 and abutting contact with the stop 7 at
In the drawing:
its front end portion and then extends rearwardly through
FIGURE 1 is a view in perspective illustrating the
the guide bearings 11 and 12 and is for-med with a down
application of the article carrier to a kite string and show
wardly directed portion 49 joined to a lateral ?nger 50
25 which is slidably engaged in the slide bearings 21 and 22.
ing the article carrier releasing a sail and parachute,
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of my invention
A collar 51 is ?xedly secured to the shaft 47 to limit
mounted on a kite string,
the rearward movement thereof.
FIGURE 3 is a longitudinal sectional veiw taken
substantially on the line 3—-3 of FIGURE 2, and
FIGURE 4 is a cross sectional view taken substantially
on the line 4-4 of FIGURE 3.
Referring more particularly to FIGURE 1 of the draw
ing, it will be seen that the present invention makes use
The operation of the invention is thought to be mani
fest but may be brie?y described as follows:
The assembly shown in FIGURE 2 is mounted on the
kite string 6 While the kite 5 is aloft and is propelled up
the kite string 6 by pressure of the wind against the sail
37. When the open loop '48 contacts the stop 7 it forces
the actuating shaft 47 rearwardly to remove the holding
of a kite 5 which may be of any suitable type, and a kite
string 6 extending from the kite body to a position on
the ground. Fixed to the kite string 6, as shown in FIG
URE 3, is a stationary stop 7. The use of this stop 7
will be hereinafter explained in detail.
The article-carrying and releasing device includes an
elongated upright U-shaped body frame 8 formed from a
length of rod 8' having legs or end members 9 and 10.
The free ends of the legs or end members 9 and 10 are
prongs 41 and 42 from the holes 39 and 40 in the sail 37
and also removes the front end portion of the ?nger 50
from the slide bearing 21 as shown in FIGURE 1 of the
drawing to release the sail 37 and a parachute, or other
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toy carried aloft by the invention, and permit them to
return to the ground. After release of the sail 37 the
article carrier then rides down the kite string 6 by force
of gravity.
formed with means for slidably mounting the frame 8 on
The foregoing will, it is believed, su?ice to impart a
a kite string when the latter is in extended condition. This
clear understanding of my invention, without further ex
mounting means consists in spirally wound hooking de 45 planation.
vices 13 and 14 adapted to receive therein the kite string,
Manifestly, the invention, as described, is susceptible
as at 6 in FIGURES 1 and 3.
of modi?cation without departing from the inventive con
Intermediate the ends of the legs or end members 9 and
cept, and right is herein reserved to such modi?cations as
10 and formed integrally therewith are coils which serve
’ fall within the scope of the appended claims.
as guide bearings 11 and 12, respectively. Welded or
What is claimed is:
otherwise secured to the members 9 and 10 as shown at
1. For use with a kite string having a stop thereon, an
15 and 16 is a tie rod 17 to provide proper spacing and
article
carrier, comprising an upright U-shaped body
reinforcement for the members 9 and 10 and to hold
frame, a spirally wound hook on the free end of each leg
the aligned guide bearings 11 and 12 in proper alignment.
Suitably secured, as by welding or otherwise, to the 55 of said U-shaped body frame for slidably mounting said
U-shaped body frame upon a kite string in extended con
dition, a ?rst guide frame arranged in an upright posi
rod 18 provided with depending legs 19 and 20 terminat
tion transversely of the bight of said U-shaped body frame
ing in coiled aligned slide bearings 21 and 22 in a plane
and ?xedly secured thereto, a second guide frame arranged
below the frame 8.
Secured to the tie rod 17 of the body frame 8 by weld 60 in tandem spaced relation relative to said ?rst guide frame
and ?xedly secured to said U-shaped body frame bight,
ing or otherwise as at 23 is an inverted U-shaped guide
an upright ?at sail having laterally spaced openings there
frame 24 terminating at the lower ends of its leg portions
in and provided with a notch extending inwardly from
25 and 26 in guide bearings 27 and 28 in a plane below
the frame 8. To provide further support for the inverted
the upper edge thereof and terminating substantially at
rod 8’, substantially at the rear end portion thereof is a
U-shaped guide frame 24 a rod 29 is welded or otherwise 65 the midpart of said sail, said sail being positioned within
secured to the frame 8 as at 30 with its end portions
the space between said ?rst and second guide frames with
secured to the legs 25 and 26 of the inverted U-shaped
guide frame 24 as shown at 31 and 32 in FIGURE 2 of
the bight of said U-shaped body frame loosely received in
said sail notch, spaced prongs engageable in said laterally
the drawing. This inverted U-shaped guide frame 24 has
spaced openings for releasably holding said sail in said
its horizontal axis at an angle other than 90° to the longi~ 70 space, and actuating means operatively connected to said
tudinal axis of the body frame 8 and is spaced from an
spaced prongs aotuable to shift the latter to the release
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position responsive to engagement of said actuating
means with said kite string stop.
2. For use with a kite string having a stop thereon,
‘an article carrier, comprising a U-shaped body frame hav
ing end members, a spirally wound hooking device at the
free end of each end member of said U-shaped body
frame for slidably mounting said U-shaped body frame
upon a kite string in extended condition, a tie rod secured
to and between said end members of said U-shaped body
frame, a ?rst guide frame arranged in an upright position
transversely of the U-shaped body frame and ?xedly
secured to said U-shaped body frame and said tie rod, a
second guide frame having guide bearings formed therein
arranged in tandem spaced relation relative to said ?rst
guide frame and ?xedly secured to said U-shaped body
frame and said tie rod, an upright ?at sail having openings
therein and provided with a notch extending‘ inwardly
from the upper edge thereof and terminating substantially
at the midpart of said sail, said sail being positioned with
in the space between said ?rst and second guide frames
with the U-shaped body frame loosely received in said
sail notch, spaced prongs mounted in said guide bearings
of said second guide frame for engagement in said holes
in said sail, and actuating means operatively connected
to said spaced prongs actuaible to shift the latter to the
release position responsive to engagement of said actuat
ing means with said kite string stop.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,211,896
2,041,233
2,469,449
2,522,422
Thomas _______________ __ Ian. 9,
Cutshall _____________ __ May 19,
Baskin _______________ __ May 10,
Wolf ________________ __ Sept. 12,
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