10 Things You Didn't Know About Kites

  1. The fastest recorded speed of a kite is 120 mph.
  2. The highest a single kite has flown is 14,509 feet.
    • In August 2000 in Ontario, Canada, Richard Synergy flew a high tech delta with over 270 square feet of nylon kite skin and nearly 4.5 miles of woven Kevlar line connected to a winch on the ground. The flight lasted for over 8 hours.  http://www.kwarc.org/bulletin/2000-10/kite.htm

     

  3. Kites were used during the Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
    • A town in Virginia used kites on a regular basis to carry letters across a river to neighbors in Maryland.
  4. In China, a kite is called Fen Zheng, which means wind harp.
    • The name is derived from early Chinese kites which used to carry musical instruments.
  5. Kites have been used in many sea rescues.
    • In WWII, downed US and British aircraft were equipped with a yellow box kite that was used to loft a radio antenna for contact with rescue aircraft.
    • Kite flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because too many people preferred to fly kites rather than work.
    • The world record for the longest time flying a kite is 180 hours.
    • Kite fishing has been around for centuries.
      • Fishing with kites was invented in China centuries ago. Kites are advantageous when fishing for larger game fish.  It allows up to three baits to hang from a single-kite, covering more ocean.  A great diagram is shown here http://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Kite-Fishing
    • The para-gliders that brought back the first space capsules to earth were a development of the Rogallo Kite invented by Francis Rogallo in 1948.
    • People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented.