April Aviation and Spring Soaring
April 05, 2012
Happy National Kite Flying month! Yes, April is the month dedicated to kite flying. Since we’ve been having amazing weather, I thought it would be a great idea to go kite flying. Having been bitten by the arts-and-crafts-bug several months ago, I decided that simply going to the store and spending three dollars (note: prices may vary) on a premade kite was just not enough.
So! You’re asking yourself: "WHERE might I find all sorts of books on kite flying, kite dynamics, kite physics, and kite design?" The library of course! Best Ever Paper Kites is a great resource for learning how kites work, the physics of air flow, and it has 19 different kite patterns that it explains in detail how to make.
Into the Wind: Art of the Kite has pictures of all sorts of fancy kites: even some that look like people! The Magnificent Book of Kites: Explorations in Design, Construction, Enjoyment & Flight and Making and Flying Stunt Kites & One-Liners are two other books I found that had great information on kite building.
With these books in hand, I’m off to get some dowel rods, maybe a trash bag or two, some ribbon, and some fun! And even if I land in a kite-eating tree, the library has some great cartoons to cheer me up.
Stay classy Raytown,