Delta and Box Kites together

by Jack Helms
(Enterprise, AL, USA)

I was flying my Tim Parish dowel delta the other day with some winds that almost didn't exist close to the ground. Once it got up to over a 100' it took off and went on up.

I had a Tim Parish box kite that I was trying out again too. This time though, I decided to tie the box kite on the line of the delta and let them both go up at the same time.

It was quite a sight seeing the delta going on up pulling the box kite with it. The box would fly up and get almost next to the delta and they looked like they were dancing together. Sometimes the box kite would be to the left, then underneath and then to the right of the delta. They looked like they were having a good time flying together, almost as good a time as I was having watching them.

When I ran the kites down to tie a third kite onto them, I accidentally broke my string. Unfortunately, the delta ended up in the top of a huge oak tree and it's still there today. Guess I'll be making me another great Tim Parish dowel delta soon.

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Jan 09, 2014
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Novel
by: Tim Parish

Novel as in 'unusual'. It sounds like you had two very different kites flying roughly the same distance from you - yet attached to the same flying line! I've never tried it nor even heard about anyone doing that. Sounds interesting and fun! Pity number 3 didn't make it on this occasion...

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