An Introduction to Kites

Principle purpose of this lecture is to present on an introduction to kites. Kites are thought to have originated in China about 3000 years ago. One story is that a fisherman was out on a windy day and his hat blew away and got caught on his fishing line which was then blown up in to the air. Kites fly when thrust, lift drag and gravity are balanced. The flying line and bridle hold the kite at an angle to the wind so that the air flows faster across the top than the bottom producing the lift.