Moonlight Memories

by Father and Son Kite Flying
(Maryland, USA)

My son and I built this sled kite this afternoon. We made it a little smaller, at 2/3 scale.

We flew it after sunset on a chilly spring evening. We could hardly see it (we used a white garbage bag), but as it got darker the kite became illuminated by the almost full moon. We let out all our string, and it flew beautifully.

We can't wait to make more kites from this site and more memories. We'll never forget this night. Thank you for creating it.

Technical notes: I was surprised how long the bridle was. When I was a kid, I used shorter bridles on sled kites, but my sleds were always closing and opening. I called it "flapping". I think the longer bridle stops the "flapping" as this one never flapped. I also like the "vee" shape at the top of the kite. My sleds were straight across the top and would always wrinkle, which I think the "vee" eliminates.

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by: Tim Parish

I've taken forever to comment on your great post - somehow it got missed when you first put it up. Anyway - glad you got so much out of such a simple kite!

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