"A" Form Three Stick Kite made with Tyvek covering

by Doug Martindale
(Elkhorn, WI, USA)

My wife had cancer and I wanted to contribute something for the cause of cancer survivors so I made a kite.

It is a basic A frame. See pictures.

At one kite festival in Milwaukee, the wind was light and we were the only kite that could stay up. And fly we did - 4 1/2 hours later we finally brought her down to the cheers of the crowd. Another light air kite!

We were putting on a small kite show for the Veterans Home in South-Eastern Wisconsin, USA... And in the first 115 minutes my wife managed to put the cancer kite at the top of the only tree around. To this day it is still there!

We wanted to make a new, better light air kite and that brought us to this great website of Tim's. Hence we found the MBK Dopero kite and are in the process of makng it now.

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Tyvek Parafoil Kite
by: Frank

Tyvek is great. It's super strong, lightweight, and can be taped together.

Last week i made a Parafoil Kite out of Tyvek. Here's what it looked like:


A- Frame Kite
by: Hannes

Look's like an awesome kite to fly. How about posting sketches - would like to see if I can duplicate your results.

Congrats on being so proactive with your wife's illness.

First "A" Frame
by: Tim Parish

Don't think I've even seen a photo of an "A" frame until now. Perhaps it's a relative of the Barn Door kite! You learn something every day...

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7