Whether you are planning a trip to India in the near future or are simply curious to find out more about this country, one of the places that you may want to start is the common sports of India. After all, a country’s most common sporting events can often say a lot about the culture and other aspects of the country as a whole. As you research the most popular sports in India, then, you may be surprised to find that kite flying Read the rest of this entry »
After watching “The Kite Runner” on satellite tv, you might be interested in learning more about the history of kites and where kite flying first began.
We all enjoy seeing a colorful kite flying high in the sky on a summer day, and most of us have had the pleasure of flying a kite or even building a kite. But have you ever wondered where kites come from?
Kites originated in China. That is not a surprise since even in ancient times China had all the components necessary for kite building – strong and light silk for the sale fabric and strings, and flexible and light bamboo for the frame.
We don’t know precisely when kites first appeared in China, but ancient records indicate that kites were being used as signaling devices as early as 549 A.D. And ancient and medieval records indicate that kites were used in China for centuries for purposes of testing the wind, communicating, measuring distances and lifting objects and men.
From China, kites moved into India and Polynesia. Europeans were not aware of kites until Marco Polo returned from China with stories of kites in the late 13th century. Later, in the 16th and 17th centuries, European sailors returning from Japan and Malaysia brought back real kites, as well as knowledge of kite making techniques and materials.
In the 18th century kites were used for scientific research. We all remember the story of Benjamin Frankly using kites in the 1750′s to prove that lightening is electricity. The Wright brothers also used kites in the research and development of the first airplane in the late 1800s.
Now, of course, kites are mainly used for enjoyment.
A box kite looks spectacular in the sky and is easy and inexpensive to build. You can make one that will be the envy of all your friends in only a few hours using material that is readily available from your local home improvement store.
You will need four 1/4â€ x 3/8â€ x 40â€ flat sticks, four 1/4â€ x 1/2â€ x 17â€ flat sticks, two sheets of cloth or plastic measuring 51â€ x 12â€, glue, string, a metal ring and a fishing-line swivel.
Begin by laying the sheets 16 inches apart and parallel to each other.
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Do you need a tail to fly a kite? The answer is absolutely yes. The tail creates drag, keeps the kite stable in the sky and allow you to fly it properly. That does not mean that some kites do not use tails but those are more for the stunt kites that are meant for doing tricks, not flying them for fun.
People used to think that kite tails were just for decor but as humans learned the mechanics Read the rest of this entry »
If you love kite flying or love flying kites with your children, you’ll love knowing that there are a lot of great places that you can choose to fly a kite.
You might choose to fly your kite at the beach where the winds are great and you don’t have to worry about a lot of obstructions such an overhead power lines. You’ll be free to let your kite string out as far as you want to with no worry Read the rest of this entry »
Learning how to master kite stunts that will thrill and amaze your audience may be easier to do than you might think. The low cost of equipment, ease of flying and the short amount of time and effort needed to learn a few basic yet impressive stunts has made flying kites a popular activity for generations. Exploring the many different ways you can get the most out of your kite could turn up many that would surprise you.
Stunt kites can achieve incredible speeds and perform a range of stunts Read the rest of this entry »
There are a number of different kites people can build to have fun with. The kites sold in most department stores for kids to use are made with a vinyl material used for the main body and plastic dowels for the rods. These kites come in assorted shapes with bright images printed on them to make them more appealing to kids. The lightweight design of these kites makes them fairly easy to get airborne by running against the wind holding the kite Read the rest of this entry »
Flying a kite has been a popular and rewarding activity for many centuries. When it comes to getting the most performance with your kite, altitude is king. Learning what you need to know in order to fly higher than ever before will give you the satisfaction of reaching new heights with your kite, and the skills needed to soar higher than ever before.
Kite selection is crucial, as different types and models of kites are designed to perform in different ways and Read the rest of this entry »