Eddy, William Abner

William Abner Eddy was both a journalist and a well-known kite enthusiast. His photographic and meteorological experiments with his kites made a significant impact on the both the reporting world, as well as flying kites. He was regularly published by the New York Times and wrote a piece on how air temperatures can be measured by kites that attracted the American Meteorological Society's attention. In May 1895, he took the first aerial photograph in the Americas, experimenting with telephony via kites and kite-based mirrors. He carried out his work at the Blue Hill Observatory near Boston, MA.

William originally began flying kites early on and at 15 years old, he was able to tie a lantern to one. This would benefit him later on with his aerial photography. He also made major transformations to the kite design and aeronautics. He later regained interest after learning about all of the technological advances being made with kites, like the ability to measure wind velocity and maneuverable kites. His contributions included the tailless, elongated diamond-shaped design, otherwise known as an Eddy Kite. This design was inspired by the ancient Japanese bowed kites, or the Malay. In 1910, the year after William passed away, the Eddy kite set the height record and kept it for several years on.

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