Box Kite

 Box kites were invited in 1892 by Lawrence Hargrave of Australia.  Like many scientists of his day, Hargrave was interested in powered flight and it was for this reason that he experimented with kites. The box kite quickly became a favorite in the scientific community because of it's stable flight and strong lifting capabilities. Trains of box kites were frequently used to lift scientific equipment for weather research and cameras for photography up until the mid-twentieth century.

 

The original box kites are three-dimensional kite, with rigid frames to hold the shape of a tall "box" with sail material going all the way around the box at each end.  The "top" and "bottom" of the box is left open, as is the middle section.  Today there are many variations, and even round "box" kites

 

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:28)

 
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Tip of the week
Alligator clip tabletop picture holders make a simple helping hand to hold your kite while working.  Put a small piece of folded tag board or heavy paper over the edge of the kite where it slips into the clip to make sure the alligator teeth don't hurt your sail.