French Box Kite: down into Lake Ontario

by Tim Sly
(Toronto, Canada)

A home-made yellow 2M (6'6") span modified French military box flew reliably and extremely well. With a NW wind blowing from the land I flew it up and over the shore of Lake Ontario, which is one of Canada's great lakes - inland seas.

Reached the end of 150M line way out over the water. Then the wind dropped. No way to avoid it heading into the water.

Then I realized that the same aerodynamic forces that keeps the kite in the air also act to create drag in the water. It took almost an hour and a half to slowly winch the kite to the shore. It got me thinking about the possibility of a 'dissolvable' link in the bridle to at least allow collapsed 'streamlined' retrieval in water.

Comments for French Box Kite: down into Lake Ontario

Average Rating starstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstar
Inventions
by: Tim Parish

Kite fliers are always fiddling with their gear, as needs dictate. A 'dissolvable link' is something different! At least persistence paid off and the kite was not lost.

A 2m French Military - so it's length is around 3m? Must be an impressive sight in the air. My Multi-Dowel Box kite would look like a bit of a toy beside it!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to YOUR Kite Making Stories!.


 


As mentioned earlier, there's more kite-making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-)

Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?

The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small...

Every kite in every MBK series.

 

Get A FREE E-book!

It's a printable PDF file. Make a well-tested diamonddelta or sled step-by-step.

Do me a small favor? If you're over 16, please sign up for Tethered Flying - my free twice-per-month publication...

* 3 "tips of the month"
* A fresh "photo of the month"
* A fresh "flight report of the month"
* Plus more!

Any questions? Here's more info on e-book & newsletter.

P.S.  If you're curious...

  view some previous newsletter issues