MBK Delta Kite Returns

by Eric Lemay
(Tokyo, Japan)

The Phoenix flies!

The Phoenix flies!

The Phoenix flies!
My second MBK delta

The March 11 earthquake was a very stressful experience. I work on the 14th floor of a tall building right next to Tokyo station, and at some point I was honestly concerned that the building might collapse and that I would never see my family again.

So two days later, with almost no wind and warm weather, I decided to finish my new delta kite and see if I could manage to fly it a bit. This one is built from the spars of my first one, and I replaced the 4mm vertical spar that had snapped with a new one made from 5mm dowel.

I did not try to send it too high because the wind kept changing direction and sometimes stopping altogether, but I still managed to have a bit of fun with it, which helped me relax after all of the excitement.

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Again, nice art
by: Tim Parish

Tasteful and not too elaborate which would add detrimental weight anyway. An extra rating Diamond for suppying 2 pictures :-) Thanks again Eric, and I hope the Delta continues to help you relax after all the shaking and shifting on the 11th!

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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 ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
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

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