This series of pics shows us trying to get the Richard Babley Memorial Kite off the ground in a very light breeze. It was the first snow of winter, but that could hardly deter determined kite flyers. This kite is a large 4 by 4 diamond and, if you would like to build this simple model visit our diamond kite design page.
I licked my finger and stuck it in the air, but naturally the breeze was changeable on this day, and I initially tried to launch the kite in the wrong direction. Part of the problem here was how sheltered this lawn was by trees and houses.
With the adjustable bridle ring , I ended up increasing the angle of attack and taking a good hard run to get the kite over the level of the tree-tops where the wind was a bit more steady. Note the tail of the kite is made by linking rings of paper together like a chain. This actually makes it easier to temporarily shorten the tail, if necessary. A piece of tape is all that is needed to restore its full length.
I really like this kite because it is inexpensive to build and the simplest thing in the world to repair. Its entire structure is composed of two dowels, some newspaper, a few sheets of copier paper and admittedly a fair amount of packing tape. (I would have used duct tape, but it might have proved too heavy.)
The Story of Richard Babley
How to Make Your Own Diamond
Us Flying a Diamond
Delta Kite Design
Delta Kite Test Flight
Box Kite Design
Box Kite Test Flight
How to Fly a Kite
KiteFlyerInfo.com was created primarily to highlight some original kite designs using basic materials such as newspapers, dowels, and packing tape. But it has also become a repository of other useful information about kite flying. Use the navigation links at the top of the page to find out about some of the many different kinds of kites. Just above are links to some of our kite designs as well as some interesting info we have gathered.