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Delta Kite Test Flight

Paul and I launching the kite image
We began the testing of our delta kite design on the street in front of our house. We found the kite had a propensity to spin in winds higher than just a few miles an hour. After examining the kite we found the keel was slightly crooked, so we removed it with an exacto knife (a delicate operation) and repositioned it with a couple of strips of packing tape. We also traded in the single central tail with two tails attached to the sail near both side spars.

delta kite flying near the power plant image
On a beautiful late-fall day on the beach in Harbor Beach, Michigan we got a chance to test-fly the delta design in earnest. The breezes were light and variable in a county where we are supposed to have the highest winds in the state. We ran out some line and, with one person holding the kite and the other the string, we sent her up into the blue sky.

Kate standing under the delta image
We had several successful flights. The kids even had very little trouble in spite of the variable winds. The two chain-tails which Kate had constructed from strips of newspaper were effective in maintaining the stability of the kite, and also looked impressive. Nevertheless, at some point, the string ripped out of the keel, but this was easily repaired when I taped a pop can top to the keel and ran the line through the hole. I made about five quick double knots and then taped the knot to the keel to keep it from unraveling.

Kite Eating Tree Image
I find that in flying home-made kites, it is handy to always have a newspaper, a pair of scissors and a roll of packing tape handy. So far I haven't needed to replace any spars, but this can happen on occasion. We only had one close call with a kite-eating tree. I had to direct Paul (6 years old) away from the tree. When he ran left, the kite sagged, then rose and almost got entangled. But the lord of winds was with us and the kite placidly passed by the tree, seemingly oblivious to the danger. When flying a kite you must remember that kites are attracted to trees like a moth is attracted to a flame. It is not a conscious thing, it is merely instinct. In case in question, I had the camera ready, just in case something untoward happened. Fortunately, I did not have to record a dire accident............................

delta kite flying high image
We had a lot of fun with this design. It proved to be quite stable and kid-friendly. Kate (11 years old) especially seemed to take to this kite. She quickly picked up flying techniques by watching me and admittedly through a bit of experimentation on her own. All-in-all, this is a great kite design.

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