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How Does a Kite Work?



How Does a Kite Work?
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How Does a Kite Work?
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Like airplanes, kites overcome the force of gravity. With a little assistance from kite flyers on the ground, kites use the force known as lift and energy provided by the wind to speed through the air and even do stunts.
 
2     Kites come in many shapes and sizes, but the basic styles are described by the number of lines attached to the kite. There are single line kites, dual line kites, and quad kites.
 
3     Single line kites are the easiest to fly. Their single line, often wound on a reel, is attached to a short string, called a bridle, which is attached to the kite itself at two points. Where the main line is attached to the bridle affects how well the kite flies. The connecting point can be adjusted backward or forward as needed.
 
4     To launch a single line kite, begin by standing with your back to the wind. Hold the kite up and let the wind catch it. It is not necessary to run with the kite to launch it. The pressure of the wind and the shape of the kite will create the lift that the kite needs to fly.

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