scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Kites? Historical 90th Anniversary Activities. Another anticdote
timothy a mcleod (tmcleod@MWC.EDU
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 08:59:46 CDT
"B. F. S. Baden-Powell of the Scots Guards and brother of the founder of the Scout movement, was interested in kites for their military reconnaissance potential. His "Levitator" kite was essentially similar to a large rok though having additional cross-spars in the larger sizes. He doesn't seem to have fully appreciated the benefit of a bow or dihedral; the only reason his kites were (moderately) stable is that the cross-spars were sufficiently flexible to bow under wind pressure. Nevertheless, he succeeded in lifting himself and others to heights of around 100ft with trains of 4 to 7 of his kites flown from two lines tethered some distance apart to help stabilize them. "
Taken from http://www.kfs.org/kites/zoo/single/bowd/bowd.html
Our Pack had a kite derby just last weekend. My son and I built a 1.2 meter Rokaku similar to the one described on this page. Thanks to having a mother how make flags for a hobby, it was a cinch to make. In keeping with the scout spirit, it was light blue with the Webelos emblem and fluer de lis sewn into it. If you would like to see a picture, e-mail me privately.
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