Weekend Activity: Kite or Charlie Brown Again - Oh Brother!
I don't know if it's the sense that we're accomplishing the impossible - flight, the possibility for crashing -(without pain), or what. All I know is, everyone likes a kite, no matter what their age.
Much like my first love, I'll never forget my first kite. I was little pup down at my aunt and uncle’s house in Kentucky. They had a huge triangular kite that was the size of a house. The kite had brilliant primary colors, triangle wedges and massive wooden cross members. I remember thinking that there was no way it could possibly fly - it just didn't seem possible. The other thing I remember was the string - it felt like the reigns of a horse. I mean, come on...what's not to love?
Kite flying, here we come!
Being a fan of the Red Baron and having watched countless episodes of Charlie Brown's "The Great Pumpkin" with the kids, I was leaning toward a war kit, specifically a World War I fighting ace kite that would take flight with the word "CONTACT!" I mean, I needed a really cool kite. Not a Dragon kite. Not a grocery store kite. A really sweet kite with spinners, multiple wings, and a lot of string. And here it is: New Tech Kites sells a Red Baron kite. This kite has three wings, a wingspan of 41 inches, a spinning tail, and a propeller.
In case you're interested in our flight plans:
Update First Weekend: Rain – no flight.
Update Second Weekend: No rain, No wind – No flight
Update Third weekend: Wind – FLIGHT (FINALLY!)
Okay, so it's not always a great time to go fly a kite.
After a few weeks of waiting, we were able to fly the kite. The kite really is cool and maneuvers well. The boys thought it was awesome. It is very well constructed and collapsible, expanding in flight. A lot of wind is needed to get the Red Baron airborne. The product specifications shows 5 to 20 miles per hour winds are required but judging from our handy dandy weather station, 5 mph just wasn't going to cut it. It took more like 10 to 15 miles of wind to be able to sustain flight well. The Red Baron Kite did come with 100 feet of string. Still, I think it's well worth purchasing 500 feet of string to get this kite high and well into the wind. When the kite is high, it is very stable and easy to fly. Even my two-year-old was able to enjoy flying it!
I've added links to Amazon for the items required to fly this kite successfully. You might be wondering why I added a Dewalt Cordless Drill. .Have you ever tried to wind up 500 feet of kite string?? Do it a couple of times and you'll have forearms like Arnold Schwarzenegger! Trick: Simply insert the dowel rod into the chuck of a cordless drill and you have a multipurpose kite winch.
Stake Line Winder, 30# x 500 ft. (Colors May Vary)
Manufacturer: PREMIER KITES & DESIGNS
Brand: Premier Kites
Part Number: 98430
Amazon Price: $6.95