by Eric Lemay
The Phoenix flies!
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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