Kite

A kite is a tethered aircraft. The necessary lift that makes the kite wing fly is generated when air flows over and under the kite's wing, producing low pressure above the wing and high pressure below it. This deflection also generates horizontal drag along the direction of the wind. The resultant force vector from the lift and drag force components is opposed by the tension of the one or more lines or tethers. The anchor point of the kite line may be static or moving (e.g., the towing of a kite by a running person, boat, free-falling anchors as in paragliders and fugitive parakites or vehicle).


The same principles can be used in water and experiments have also been made with lighter-than-air kites (kytoons)

Kites may be flown for recreation, art or other practical uses. Sport kites can be flown in aerial ballet, sometimes as part of a competition. Power kites are multi-line steerable kites designed to generate large forces which can be used to power activities such as kite surfing, kite landboarding, kite fishing, kite buggying and a new trend snow kiting. Kites towed behind boats can lift passengers which has had useful military applications in the past.

Read more about KiteHistory, Materials, Cultural Uses, Popular Culture, General Safety Issues, Designs, Types, Line Materials, Record

Other articles related to "kite, kites":

Sione Kite
... Sione Kite (born 14 January 1988), also known as John Kite is an Australian professional rugby league footballer ...
Leptodon
... They are Grey-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis White-collared Kite, Leptodon forbesi Grey-headed Kite is a widespread species, breeding from eastern Mexico and Trinidad south to Peru, Bolivia and northern ... However, White-collared Kite is restricted to northeastern Brazil, and is classified as Critically Endangered ...
List Of Batman: The Brave And The Bold Characters - Villains - Kite Man
... he tried to recreate Benjamin Franklin's kite-flying experiment, but since he violated security procedures (one of them being standing in a basin full of water), he was electrocuted ... affected his mind, and became obsessed with kites, becoming a kite-themed criminal ... In a flashback, he is the leader of a group of thieves equipped with high-tech glider kites that allows them to commit crimes ...
List Of Empire Ships (K) - Suffix Beginning With K - Empire Kite
... Empire Kite was a 7,965 GRT cargo ship which was built by Merchant Shipbuilding Corp, Chester, Pennsylvania ... To MoWT in 1940 and renamed Empire Kite then Empire Seal later that year ...
Kite, Georgia - Demographics
... There were 108 households out of which 17.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...

Famous quotes containing the word kite:

    What is to be done with people who can’t read a Sunday paper without messing it all up?... Show me a Sunday paper which has been left in a condition fit only for kite flying, and I will show you an antisocial and dangerous character who has left it that way.
    Robert Benchley (1889–1945)

    A saint about to fall,
    The stained flats of heaven hit and razed
    To the kissed kite hems of his shawl....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)