Delta Kites

Fabulous Floaters!

Delta kites have a well-deserved reputation for performance and easy flying. The simplest designs of this type aren't too hard to make either!

The simplest Delta is just a triangular sheet of sail material with 3 spars and a spreader attached. The flying line is attached to the central spar at a little less than half-way from the nose end. A simple ribbon tail may be added if extra stability is needed.

With just a little more effort, you can make your own big but transportable kite...

The E-book, Making The MBK Dowel Delta Kite shows you how! That download is printable too, by the way.

We've been to few kite festivals over the years and taken plenty of photos. Mainly from or near the Semaphore Jetty in South Australia. There's a few Deltas among them, so see below for a few examples which show some of the variety we saw.





Delta Kites We've Seen At Festivals

Down below there are four big ones, each with a unique feature or two. Although most of these look quite similar in construction and shape, keen kite-makers still manage to find something to make their creation unique!

This Rainbow Kid's Delta Kite on Amazon is a typical modern design which can be bought online.



A typical large Delta here, with the sail area put to good use! Arty details over a colorful geometric backdrop. Looking great with the sun's rays penetrating and lighting up the artwork.

The tubular tail helps stability, but good kite-makers always make sure that it also complements the artwork on the sail in form, color or both. 

The next kite shows show creativity in the form of the sail as well as the artwork...


The trailing edges of the kite are also the flaming wings of this Phoenix. That flaming tail might not do a whole lot for stability, but it sure completes the illusion of a bird in flight! The beak of the bird coincides with the nose of the kite as well.

On the day, the wind direction was just right. Hence I was able to get right underneath for a perfect plan-view photo from the jetty.


This Delta also sports some clever art work. In this case, there is nothing at all to distract from the art. No keel and no tail.

Unlike the previous kite, the leading edge spars extend right up to the nose. Perhaps they are also connected to the central spar. Hence the flying characteristics might be a little different, with less flexing and shape-changing during flight.


Finally, this huge white Delta is a perfect example of the tails being integral to the design.

The 2 tails are attached to almost the complete width of the trailing edge. From a distance it looks like the sail and tails are all one piece, radiating whiteness like an airborne advertisement for Omo!

The spars on this design also appear to be connected at the nose.








Out In The Field

Delta kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

There's our home-made Dowel Delta in the video up there.

That's about it for this page on Delta kites. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and the info.

And of course, you can always have a go at making your own...

Making The MBK Dowel Delta Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download.






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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