Small Nylon Delta Kite

by Jim
(Birmingham, AL USA)


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 to fly correctly. It would lean and then nose dive regardless of what I tried.

At the beach this weekend, 2/19/11, I realized that the cross spreader was too long and would not let the kite form an eddy. I shortened the cross spar and it flew perfectly.

A little girl about 6 years old was sitting next to us watching my kites fly. I handed her the line and said don't let go, it's your kite now. You would have thought she had won the lottery. She flew it for the next 4 hours and thanked me again before she left.

I took a picture of the kite while she was flying it. It made my day!

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What kite flying is all about!
by: Liz Wood

And this is what kite flying is all about! Sharing and enjoying the sport. Keep up the good work!

We went to the Reed's Lake Ice Fly this month in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. It was sponsored by MacKites of Grand Haven, Michigan USA. We helped make simple kites to give away to the kids, they had lots of fun even though there was not much wind that day. MacKite has done this for many years.

Liz and Ken.

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by: Tim Parish

Nice story Jim, I guess most people would hang onto the kite for a while, to enjoy its new flyability. But good on you for making 2 people's day - yours and hers!

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