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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

KITES!

A kite is traditionally a tethered aircraft with wing surfaces that react against the air to create lift and drag. No one knows exactly who invented the first kite but people think the earliest use of kites was among the Chinese approximately 2800 years ago.

Kites were invented in China where materials ideal for kite building were readily available silk fabric for sail material fine, high-tensile-strength silk for flying line and resilient bamboo for a strong, lightweight framework. Paper kites were certainly being flown, as it was recorded that in that year a paper kite was used as a message for a rescue mission. Ancient Chinese sources describe kites being used for measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting men, signaling, and communication for military operations.

After its introduction into India, the kite further evolved into the fighter kite, known as the patang in India, where thousands are flown every year on festivals such as Makar Sankranti. Kites were known throughout Polynesia, as far as New Zealand, with the assumption being that the knowledge diffused from China along with the people.

Kites are very interesting, the smallest kite in the world is only 5 mm high. The world record for the longest 'kite fly' is 180 hours. Kite flying was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution, anyone found flying a kite was sent to jail for up to three years and their kites destroyed. The longest kite in the world is 1034 meters (3394 ft) and kite flying is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Kite flying is a fun and awesome thing to do. You can do it with friends and family and have a lot of fun.

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