"Gibson Girl" Rescue kite
The World War II "Gibson Girl" kite was part of a kit placed in life rafts in the hopes that
downed airmen could use it to raise an antenna and call for help. This fine example
was found by Mike McMullen at a North Carolina antique show. There's more of
Mike's collection on this website.
The entire kit fits in a yellow bag containing:
The name is derived from comparing the radio to the hour-glass figures
of 1890's fashion artist Charles Gibson's subjects.
- a metal-frame box kite that folds up like an umbrella
- a radio, with wire antenna to be attached to the kite
- two spools of spare wire
- a balloon, for use without wind
- a can containing some sort of hygrogen generator for filling it
- the two metal tubes may be used in the inflation process
- some sort of wrench
- a strobe light (not present in this kit).
For more information visit: Aerohistory: Kite/Cerf-volant
and Louis Meulstee's Wireless for the warrior.
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