Charles Lamson’s Aerocurve, 1901
Samuel Franklin Cody’s Bat 1901 The best film is actually for a french aerial photography unit in 1917. The Cody kite is still used occasionally for high-wind aerial photography. Turn off the music.
Rudolph Grund’s “Self Steering” Meteorological Kites, 1905-1940. They apparently adjusted their bridles to wind speed. There is certainly some rigging trick to learn from this series.
Traditional Kite fishing in Indonesia, using the motion of a kite to give bait a constant motion. A little more history here. I think this is the one of the first applications of flight outside of games and signals.
and in Melanesia, with a cringe-worthy soundtrack