Did You Know?
Kites were flown even before paper was invented. They were made out of leaves.Next time someone tells you to go and fly a kite, you can actually take the advice on a serious note! Flying kites is a fascinating activity that has been around for thousands of years. Today, there are different kinds of kites available in different shapes, sizes, and forms.
Kite flying began thousands of years ago in China. Even today, it is popular in many Asian countries, it is even a popularly sport called 'kite fighting'. Paper kites had different functions to perform rather than just being a medium for leisure and entertainment. They have also been used for military purposes and aerial photography. Their popularity is such that today, one can see so many varieties available in the market. Such was the beauty and functionality, the Wright brothers used its basics to create the very popular gliders. People of all ages can be seen flying kites over cities, fields, and beaches.
Common Types of Kites
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The flat kite is the simplest of them all. It consists of a single sheet, which has a box and a bridle to provide support. For this, one needs to add the tail, keel, and vents. These are also available in a variety of shapes. The classic diamond shape is the most common of all. The Della Porta has a rectangular sail. This is also one of the oldest kites from the Western region. The English Arch top is on the similar lines of the diamond kite, the only difference being the rounded top.
The Chinese believe strongly that by looking at a kite flying high in the sky, one can improve vision.
East Germany banned the use of very large kites for it was feared a man could get through over the Berlin Wall with this method.
The kite was used by Benjamin Franklin to prove that lightning is electricity.
Kites were used to train falcons and hawks for hunting. The bait was attached to the kites as they could reach those heights, which the hawks would generally never bother to reach. With the bait attached, they were used to lure the hawks to a high altitude.
These were some mind-blowing facts about kites. Their designs often imitate the shape of birds, animals, insects, etc. Make sure to be very careful while flying a kite. Watch out for any electrical power lines that may strike or tangle with it.