Box KiteA Box Kite is commonly referred to as a hexagonal kite. A hexagonal kite (or "hedgehog" as some people call them) is made with six sides, and each side consists of six different "boxes," or "tubes." Each box on the edge of the kite (called the "edge") has a number printed on it in a way that can be deciphered from the pattern of the string. Each of the six sides of the kite has a slight curvature that can allow the string to be bent without damaging the edge. A box kite is a unique high performance kite, said to develop relatively high lift for a simple design; it's a kind within the family of hexagonal kites. The most common shape has four straight struts similar to a trapeze. However, the average box design is made more rigid with straight cross-struts; the result is a triangular shape that produces a straighter kite. This straighter shape allows the kite to be used for longer stretches. These straighter kites are referred to as pyramides, and they can be seen regularly in many flat-bottomed kite designs, such as flat-bottomed box kites (also known as box skis). They're sometimes called snowboards or ski kites for this reason. These kites can be especially useful in harsh or cold climates, where there may be less flexibility with other kite types. Some examples of this type of kite are the Flat Box, Stem Box, and Planar Box Kite. Each is made from either wood or metal, and both use wooden dowels (or blocks) as the connecting rods between the main body and the rest of the box. The dowels are arranged in a cross design. Each of these designs has two different main sections: the "catapault" section is at the front and back of the kite, while the "cattermole" section connects the dowels at the back and front of the kite. Flat Box Kite designs have a small stubby area behind the catapault. This is where the tail of the kite is attached. Most planar kite boxes have a stubby area just behind the main spar. The main spar is then connected to a piece of tape attached to the top back of the large box kite. There are a few variations to the design, but this is the general idea. Wood and metal box kites can be built and tuned to a particular purpose. In this way, flat box kites can be used for military applications, paragliding, kite flying competitions, and kite museum displays. A popular attraction at airports around the world is the Large box kite that has been inverted so that it floats on the ground. Its hobbyist builders keep it inflated to show off the unique designs. The history of the box kite dates back to 1825, when it was first used for a military application. One of its functions was to provide assistance during landing operations. It assisted airmen in being able to land their aircraft because of the lack of adequate landing craft. Today, the box kite still has military applications, especially for flyers. Flights are made from these flying machines to monitor military actions, and even to transport troops and supplies. Another fascinating application is for hobbyists who fly kites for sport and recreation. Flat box kites are lightweight and easy to use for any purpose. With a variety of different designs available, they can be customized for almost any purpose. They are ideal flying toys for children and adults alike. In fact, many people from all over the world spend their free time flying kites, whether in the air or on the ground.