Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making a Cody War Kite

Yes, I am still nonresistant.  It’s just called a Cody War Kite because a man named Samuel Cody built this kite in France back in the early 1900s.  It was designed so well that it could lift two men up in a basket, and the British used it for reconnaissance during the World War I.  

Ever since we had “Kite Day” as part of our February Fun Days, my son has been researching kites.  So it was we found this kite design at instructables.com (click HERE for the link to the plans) and decided to make one.  I figured it cost around $12 for the wooden dowels, string, painter’s drop cloth and glue sticks.  It took a few hours, but it was well worth it.  
 

        We drove to the edge of town where there are no buildings to block the wind.  My older son held the string and I hoisted it up into the air.  What happened next was a beautiful thing.  The kite took off immediately and soared through the air.  We were elated.  It is an amazing thing to actually make a kite that flies.  Four neighborhood boys and one of their little sisters came over to ask us about it.  The eight of us were out at the ball field at sunset on a blustery spring evening, flying a homemade kite, and students were out flying it the next day at school.  It created some good memories.