July 17, 2016
The Making of a Kite
Chinese are credited with the invention of the kite. Mo Di (468-376 BC), a famous philosopher in ancient China, is believed to have made the first kite some 2,300 years ago. It is said that within three years, he created a kite in the shape of a bird, which he flew for only one day. Today kite flying can be seen in skies around the world in various colours, shapes and dimensions. In the Caribbean, kite flying is a popular Easter tradition. There are many kite flying competitions and festivals held particularly during the Easter weekend throughout the Caribbean. Although kites come in all shapes and sizes, the forces that act on them are the same as the ones on an airplane. The four forces of an airplane include the lift, weight, drag, and thrust, all of which affect kites the same way they affect airplanes. Luckily the only things you have to worry about is constructing your incredible kite correctly and hope for a windy day.
The similarity in forces allowed the Wright brothers to test their theories of flight by flying their aircraft as kites from 1900 to 1902.
-Lift is the upward force that pushes a kite into the air.
-Weight is the downward force generated by the gravitational attraction of the earth on the kite.
-Thrust is the forward force that propels a kite in the direction of motion.
-Drag is the backward force that acts opposite to the direction of motion.