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May 7, 1963
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w. A. FRICKE
3,033,701
AERO DROP FOR USE WITH KITES AND OTHER OBJECTS
Filed Aug. 15, 1960
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3,088,701
Patented May 7, 1963
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heavy, more tension is required to hold the cross bar in
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place, this is accomplished by placing the rubber band in
AERO DROP FOR USE WITH KITES AND
OTHER OBJECTS
the upper slots in the main parts.
The aero drop may be made of any material suitable
for the purpose, but I prefer to use plastic; also it may be
made in diiferent sizes and capacities depending on the
kinds of objects and weights of same to be supported for
use. In the present structure a parachute is used, but
This invention relates to an aero drop for use with
any suitable objects such as gliders and the like could be
kites or other objects. It has for its main objects to
provide such a device that will be highly satisfactory for 10 used.
While I have shown and described the preferred em
the purpose intended, simple in structure, comparatively
bodiment of my invention, I do not wish to limit same
cheap to manufacture, easy to keep in working condition,
to the exact and precise details of structure, and I re
and extremely durable.
serve the right to make all modi?cations and changes so
A further object is to provide such a device that will
be satisfactory for releasing toy objects such as small para 15 long as they remain within the scope of the invention and
the following claims.
chutes and the like from a string attached to a ?ying kite
Having described my invention I claim:
or any other object in the air having a string or the like
1. An aero drop for use with kites or the like com
attached thereto with its other end under control on the
William A. Fricke, 3020 Boswell Drive, Huntsville, Ala.
Filed Aug. 15, 1960, Ser. No. 49,680
2 Claims. (Cl. 244——155)
ground.
prising, two main similar parts, each of said parts being
formed partly straight with the other portion formed in
Other objects and advantages will appear from the draw
ing and speci?cation.
By referring generally to the drawing it will be ob
two curves, a retaining bolt, said bolt holding the center
portions of the main part-s loosely together, the ends of
the curved portions being in register with each other, the
end of each straight portion having a notch formed there
served that
FIG. 1 is an elevational view showing an aero drop
made according to this invention supported on a string 25 in, a rubber band, a cross bar, said cross bar being held
by frictional contact of its ends in said notches in the
attached to another string attached by an end to a kite,
ends of the straight portions of the main parts as a result
with another string in slack condition attached by an end
of the contracting pull of the rubber band, each of said
thereof to the kite string with its other end attached to
straight portions having a plurality of slots formed in its
a side of the aero drop; also showing a small parachute
held by its upper end in the lower end of the aero drop.
30 outer edge, said rubber band being mounted in contracting
tension in two of said slots opposite each other, a piece
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the aero drop.
of string, said string having one end attached to the center
FIG. 3 is a side view of the aero drop with slack string
of said cross bar, the other end of the string being attached
attached.
to a ?ying kite string, a second string, said second string
Similar reference numerals refer to similar parts
throughout the several views.
Referring in detail to the drawing it will be seen that
the aero drop comprises two similar main parts 1 and 2
that are held loosely attached together by a small bolt 3.
35 being longer than the other string and having one end
attached to one of said main parts with its other end being
attached to said ?ying kite string, said cross bar being
adapted for release when slack is made in the main kite
string by a user and then jerked to thus overcome the said
The parts are provided with slots 4 for use of a rubber
band 5 in contracting tension for the purpose of holding 40 frictional contact holding the cross bar.
2. An aero drop comprising, two main similar parts,
by friction the upper ends 6 and 7 adjacent the ends of
each of said parts being formed partly straight with the
bar 8 and also clamp the lower ends 9‘ and 10 against the
other portion formed in two curves, a retaining bolt, said
extension 11 of the parachute 12. A string 13 is attached
-bolt holding the center portions of the main parts loosely
by end 14 to the bar 8 with its other end 15 attached to
the kite string 16. A slack string 17 is also attached by 45 together, the ends of the curved portions being in register
with each other, the end of each straight portion having a
its upper end 18 to the kite string with its lower end 19
attached to an upper end portion of one main part at 20.
notch formed therein, a cross bar, said cross bar being
From the foregoing it will appear that the aero drop is
held by frictional contact of its ends in said notches in
adapted for supporting a light object clamped between
the ends of the straight portions of the main parts, each
the lower ends of the main parts, in the present case a 50 of said straight portions having a plurality of slots formed
in its outer edge, a rubber band, said rubber band being
small parachute, with the cross bar held by friction con
mounted in contracting tension in two of said slots oppo
tact between the upper ends of ‘the main parts as a result
site each other to cause the frictional contact at the ends
of the contracting pull of the rubber band, the pull of
the band being subject to control by its position in the
slots.
To make use of the structure as shown let out kite
of the ‘cross bar, a piece of string, said string having one
end
attached to the center of said cross bar, the other end
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string until aero drop with object to be released has
reached desired altitude, then take in a little slack string
and then release string. When slack is taken up it will
of the string being adapted for attachment to a ?ying
kite string, a second string, said second string being longer
than the other string and having one end attached to one
of said main parts with its other end being adapted for
jerk the cross bar out of the notches in the upper ends 60 attachment to ‘said ?ying kite string.
of the ‘main parts and release the object. Then the slack
string attached to the kite string and a main part will sup
port the main parts and prevent falling while the operat
ing string supports the cross bar.
If the wind is strong or the object to be released is 65
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,279,152
2,464,720
Whitehurst _____________ .._ Apr. 7, 1942
Rose _______ ___ _______ __ Mar. 15, 1949
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