Fun Date With Delta Kite

by Lincoln
(PA, USA)

A few months ago my girlfriend and I decided it would be a fun idea to try to build and fly a kite. One afternoon I perused the Internet sites on kite designs and settled on this - it seemed simple enough and it was NOT a windy day.

She was skeptical, but willing to try it out. So we bought the dowels, a 600 ft. string, and 2mm painter's plastic, and built it in a jiffy. As we went outside friends asked "do you really think it's windy enough to fly a kite?"

We got it up to 550 feet in the air! My girlfriend and I were both amazed and very excited that the little kite was doing so well... until it started losing altitude and the string eventually got stuck in a tree :( But it was such a good experience that we've decided to build another today.

Happy kite building,
Lincoln & Emma

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High flying Delta
by: Tim Parish

Yes, the Simple Delta has great 'bang for the buck'! It does best in light winds, as you have discovered. As the wind strength goes up, this kite gets more and more active, zipping around from side to side.

Have a browse around this site and perhaps try a Barn Door next - these will stay up when it's too windy for the Simple Delta.

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

Light breeze
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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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Gentle breeze
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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