#1095 – Arc

There were always some days where you could fly a kite all day long if you could just get it past the first 50 feet of dead air into the fabulous windy section that reached up to the clouds. You would look around at the other kids casually doing loops with their kites and wonder how they got them up there. After a half hour of running and throwing and swearing I would finally give up. The worst part was the strong breeze hitting my face as I reached my house.

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13 thoughts on “#1095 – Arc”

  1. tekaramity says:

    Replicate this in outer space, it could go places.

  2. MaskedMan says:

    Wrong tech. You need a trebuchet to launch your kite.

  3. The Dukenator says:

    At least there was no Kite Eating Tree.

  4. Sven says:

    Rocket-Kite! I’m patenting that idea! 😛

  5. Baughbe says:

    And that’s why they call the wind Maria.
    Don’t ask me. I don’t understand it either.

  6. Rasheed says:

    The worst realization is being unable to duplicate as an adult what you accomplished as a kid (you think I would have learned SOMETHING with all those aerospace engineering classes!)

  7. Jessie says:

    I get under the trees where I parked the car and the wind hits. I walk back into the field and there is nothing.

  8. grapy says:

    @ jessie i hate it when that happens but one time i was literaly lifted off the ground and another time i dive bombed my sister with the kite she was suprised that they pulled back up to the good wind

  9. Tigerbitten says:

    Actually, me and my little peanut do ok. I refuse to fly the kite unless there is wind enough to keep the bugs away or i walk around the corner of the house and it continues to blow. We’ve had several good days where all we did was eat lunch and do explorering instead of kite flying

  10. DracoDei says:

    I think I actually considered building this when I was about 12 or so… I would have had enough slack in the string to make it work I think… either I or my dad would have remembered to allow that… plus the first launch would have probably been a string-less test.

  11. tobias talon says:

    Simple idea i just came up with. Just use one of those bottle rockets. Get some dry ice, wrap it in newspaper loosely, drop it in a coke bottle, and put that in a stand made of an upside down ice cream carton with a hole cut in the bottom. That stuff goes really high.

    A timed release switch could have your kite up in the air with no problems, and you’d get mad kredz with the neighborhood.

  12. Cari says:

    I never got kites up high enough. Eventually I gave up and just used them as indoor decoration.

  13. Draco Dei says:

    To Tobias Talon:
    That better be a PLASTIC Coke bottle… and even then research to find the appropriate proportions etc would be indicated how to deal with hang-fires if the switch fails (plus how to reduce that possibility in the first place)… but yeah, might be a good idea.

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