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Single-Liner Tales From Everywhere

This is where kite flying or kite making tales of just about any kind can be aired, if you feel you have something particularly interesting or unique to share.

Check out the great variety of kiting experiences people have had. Whether with home made kites or shop-bought. One contributor has even written about an experience that has inspired him to get into kite flying!

The emphasis here is squarely on flying single-liners, whether bought from a shop or home-built. These days, that shop is likely to be an online one...

This Cody Pro box kite looks a lot like the amazing historical original - but would have to be 20 times quicker and easier to set up!

What's YOUR Kite Making Or Flying Story?

So, have you done some kiting recently, that really put a smile on your face? Perhaps the very first flight of a recently constructed or bought kite? Have a think for a moment...

Please tell us about it :-)

For example - a paragraph or 2 each about the weather, the kite itself, how the flight went.

P.S. With those tips just mentioned, it should be easy to reach the 300 words minimum required for publication.

Stories Left By Other Visitors Here

Click below to read the stories and see photos from other single-line kite enthusiasts...

Red Baron ..Look Out! 
Several years ago I bought a G-Kites Red Baron. We took it to our local kite fest here in Two Rivers, WI. and flew it for the first time. After looking …

My Passion: Paper Kites 
I'm 55 years old, a disabled veteran who loves all paper kites and I own about 300 HiFliers, Top Flight, etc. I grew up here in Fayetteville NC and I loved …

Lifting Vortices On Kites 
Or, 'vortex generators'. Recently I have improved the flight characteristics of several different kinds of kites by modifying them with what I call FLOWTHRU …

Kite Flying and Watermelon Season 
While in Mainland China, it was a kite enthusiast's dream come true. Everywhere people were making kites, flying kites, selling kites on the street, and …

Thermalling in train 
Just a quick flight report about flying kites in train or, flying two on the same line. I was out at the park again with my kite flying co-pilot, Brennan. …

The Best Kite I Ever Saw - In China 
The best kite I ever saw was at the park in mainland China. I worked during the week and on weekends I went to the park to see and study the masters as …

Re-winding Kitelines 
Several of members of Adelaide Kite Flyers have been pondering how to best rewind our lines at the end of a long day. The last thing you wish to do is …

Jamaicans Loved My Kites 
My wife and I just got back from a week at an all-inclusive resort in Negril, Jamaica. I was suffering and recovering from a pinched nerve in my back so …

Unexpected Surprise 
I really like kites. Progressively over the years, they've grown larger and larger. I guess I didn't really notice until one day I got the craving for …

Glider Flight 
Despite the title this IS a kiting story. I love kites and have flown a large variety of kites from simple "classic" kites to stunters and box kites. …

Kite Spar Joining Suggestion 
Not sure if you've ever seen this used, but when I was a lad (around the time Wilbur and Orville were playing with their first kites), we used this quite …

A Thank You And Some Comments 
I thank you for your commentary and videos about the 2012 Adelaide Kite Festival - we all had a great time and enjoyed the weather, the kite-flying, the …

UFO's Over The Beach 
Living in Pensacola, Florida on the Gulf coast, we get to fly the beautiful beaches year round. And with Gulf Breeze formally being a UFO 'hot spot" so …

Kite Making in Bermuda 
Good Friday kites in Bermuda... I am a 68-year-old presently living in Western Canada. The kite tradition in Bermuda is central to my own early kiting …

Small Kite Events 
I try to attend every event within driving distance that has anything at all to do with kite flying. Recently I went to a local kite fly at a nearby county …

Kite Symmetrics: or Something Like That 
A kite being of symmetrical design is tested by increased wind velocity pressing against the flying surface. As wind speed increases asymmetrical faults …

Kids Can Fly 
Well I'll start this story by telling you that I live in Great Falls Montana, where the wind doesn't blow it sucks. Needless to say pretty much every day …

New Style Of Kite Line Winder. 
I'm working on a new style of kite line winder that I want to share. It uses a capstan to pull the line, and then winds the line onto a lightweight …

Kite Convention in Wildwoods New Jersey 2011 
Imagine being fortunate enough to have "to fly kites" as your reason to visit when asked by US Immigration, "why have you come to the USA?" Each year …

Sky Fishing 
Since I was a kid, I've been flying kites. Not every day, sometimes not even monthly, but over the years, once in a while. Back in the sixties, my …

Sharing The Love Of Kites 
This past August I spent a week in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Charities summer camp for children with …

Delta Kite With Unusual Passenger 
Yesterday evening I put a seven foot single line Delta kite up at about four hundred feet and anchored it there for a couple of hours just before dark. …

How Not To Get Started In Kite Flying 
When I was a young boy living in the U.K. I belonged to the Cubs and Scouts movment. Each week they choose a subject for us to do which fitted the weather. …

Kite Buster 
Sometimes you just have to tell on yourself when its too funny not to share the story with others. I saw an opportunity to pull a good trick on someone …

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Simple Kite Flying Rules - Oops! 
Have you ever done something, only to find out that it would have been much better if you had followed the rules? Well such was this day. I was out at …

Kite Night Flight One 
Most kite fliers agree that summer winds are gusty, unpredictable and most of the time no fun to deal with other than just flying light wind floater kites …

Rokkaku Snow Kite 
My first Rokkaku kite was just an experiment of mine that was nothing more than wood skewers and lightweight table cloth plastic with an overall size of …

Kite Tales For Reel 
Like most dedicated adult kite fliers I spent a reasonable amount of time as a young person with the old paper kites from the hardware store. But for …

Kites for Sunday School 
The kites we made... 1. 36" Sled Kite. I loved it... kids liked it. 2. 12" Diamond Kite. Good flier! Worked OK in most conditions .... 3. 18" Delta …

Bali Kites 
I live in Bali and love the kites here. Most of the medium sized kites are made of plastic (like yours) but instead of taping the plastic they use mosquito …

Successful kite flights 
Thank you so much for having taken me back to my childhood. I am 63.I have made the 2-skewer delta and diamond kites for my 3 years old grandchild. …

Kite Finding 
Your "kite losing" topic brought to mind the realm of "kite finding" which has several meanings. Finding a kite in the kite stores, in kite-plan books, …

Small Nylon Delta Kite 
Got it to fly, now a little girl can enjoy it. Here's what happened... I had bought a small nylon delta kite several years ago and could not get it …

Kites - The Daydreaming Tool 
About six months ago while looking around on the Internet at kite stuff I ran across a good article about the old High Flier paper kites that most of us …

I live in the southern part of the UK amongst the Water Cress Beds of Hampshire. As I drove down the road towards the nearest town I saw a beautiful sight. …

Low Wind High Flyers 
In the 1980s I made a 0.75 oz RS combination box kite based on a winged rombus tail and a forward Cody biplane. The longeron was about four feet down the …

Kite Contest on a South Pacific Island  
I have not thought about making kites in a long time. I have an addition. When I was 8 years old (1959) I was living in Okinawa, which is in a chain of …

Barn Door Kite Memories 
I built your Barn-Door kite and it is extraordinarily stable! So much fun and impressive to see and fly. I wanted to build a barn-door because my dad …

Long Line Kite Flying 
As a boy of around 10 years I used to fly a wooden dowel single string kite about 30 inches long by about 20 inches wide. I flew it over the sea on the …

Green Kiting 
We are all told to go green and conserve the planetary resources and reduce carbon use etc. Certainly the high end of kiting is about technical materials …

Santa's Kite Tree 
There is magic in the air and its not a new kite this time. It is a mystery solved from years ago and for many years to come. I'm talking about the fly-aways …

Kite Phrase - Thermaling Out 
I spend some time around some of the 'older than me' guys that still build and fly the free flight model airplanes, you know, the ones from the twenty's …

Perfect Flight 
With any kite experience at all you learn that a single line kite normally flys at a certain angle with the wind pushing against it with tension on the …

Christmas Kite 
I can't speak for others but at my house every Chrismas season there is always pieces of gift wrapping paper laying around everywhere. Now it is forbidden …

Paper Sleds Not rated yet
Tim - Your reminisces of making sled kites out of A4 paper prompt two memories or ideas... Firstly some sleds have a triangular section cut out of the …

The Box Not rated yet
omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash thank you (T.P. - Daivon, …

Flat Hexagonal & 'Barn-Door' Kites - The 1860's Not rated yet
Both the US and CS army signal corps experimented with lantern signals suspended from kites. Kites were also used to offer a searching party the means …

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Kite Making - 2-Skewer Sled  Kite

A couple of tips for best results...

Pictures of kites straight from your camera can be uploaded successfully. However, transferring these large raw digital images can take many minutes over a slow Internet connection. Re-sizing the image to around 100Kb or so will still result in a high-quality image on a computer screen. If you haven't done this before, try using Irfanview, a free image processing program that is easily found on the Web.

For maximum impact on my site, a photo that's taller than it is wide works best. This way, when my site re-sizes the photo to fit the page, it will appear as large as possible.

Kite Making Tales - A Summary

After several years of accumulating these stories, there seems no end to the variety. Categories appeared, then sub-categories became evident too. To illustrate what I mean, here's a few comments on just some of them...

Historical. Few people set out to present a kiting history lesson here, but some contributors do give away their ripe old age :-) A good thing, since this results in some great glimpses into single-line kiting from times past. Some aspects of experiencing the hobby never change!

Events. There are other pages on this site which are dedicated to actual kite festivals, but a smattering of other kinds of kite-related events pop up in here. In most cases, they involve kites for kids. A few can really touch people on an emotional level too. You'll just have to dig in and read, to find out more.

DIY Tales. Intrepid designers and builders share some experiences and tips! These kinds of stories can inspire others to get cracking and actually make something that flies.

General Fun and Games. Like the pranksters who do a really competent job of ensuring there are plenty of 'sightings' in their local area! Nights, kites and lights, need I say any more ;-)

Educational. Quite a large proportion of the stories people submit are probably quite useful for those starting out. Materials good and bad, flying conditions which suit various kites, it's all here. If you are curious about kite making, there is certainly plenty to learn from some of these tales.


Have a good read about kite making or flying, and maybe get out next weekend and fly something high! It puts a smile on your dial...

The Cody Pro box kite I mentioned earlier would be a good choice, if you are not so much into DIY. Box kites are generally able to stay up in a wider range of wind speeds than flat designs.

E-book special of the month (25% off)...

Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond. 

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.

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    This page features some KAP work by site visitors. From the 'just having a go' to the rather more professional!

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"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

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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