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Box Kite Test Flight

Kate With Box Kite
Our test flight of the box kite, had to be done on a day in very late fall. The weather was a bit chill, and the airs were fairly light, but the box kite showed it could fly the first time without any modifications. The paper might have been a little looser than I would have liked, but the frame was solid and the dimensions crisp.

The Box Kite Taking Off
The wind was out of the west, as is typical in this area. A running start was definitely necessary. But this was expected as box kites generally need a bit more breeze than either a diamond or a delta. Kate held and I took off as quickly as a shambling gait would allow. The wind whistled in over some young pines and gave the box kite a lift.

Bill and the Box
It did not take long, with a bit of encouragement from the observers, for the box kite to lift up above the level of the young pines. But the breeze was hardly heavy enough for a sustained lift, and the kite gently settled back to the ground after running room ran out. Of course, we were undetered and resolved to find a bit more open space. This was a simple matter of moving from one side to the other of Grandma and Grandpa's house.

The Box Kite In the Air
After a change of field, we made another launch and this time, the kite took quickly to the sky. Although I used an adjustable bridle ring, adjustments proved unecessary. The tail was sufficient, and very necessary. I imagine we would have seen considerable spinning without it. As it was, the kite had a slight tendency to heel to its left (my right facing the kite). This I put down to a slightly larger sail area on the starboard side due to my own haste in construction. My feeling is that box kites are a bit less forgiving when it comes to sloppy workmanship. However, the design proved sound, and had I pulled a bit tighter when I wrapped the sail around the inner spars, I doubt that I should have seen this problem.

Something to remember when flying a kite: if the kite begins to make inherently unstable moves in strong winds, it is best to give it slack. This usually allows its natural design, angle of attack, and weight distribution to right it. All-in-all, this was a good test and proved the design a success.

Us With the Box Kite

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