April 2nd – Delta Kites, Wildwood International Kite Festival
The Delta Kite
The Delta kite is another great kite for our #30daysofkites blog entries in celebration of National Kite Month. This is one of the handful of kites that even most inexperienced kite flier will recognize as a kite. It is simple shape, a triangle, and has served as the launch point for several other types and specialties of kites. These high angle fliers are not restricted by size, or even a set relationship of angles like other kites. Some Deltas are 3 feet across and 2 feet tall, while others are much larger or much smaller. The ratio of the horizontal to the vertical can be played with and offer up a dizzying array of possibilities for not only the novice but the experienced kite builders.
So when a kite can change its attributes and still be called the same kind of kite, what is it that makes a Delta a Delta? Perhaps most telling is that the kite is triangular in shape, with one large angle and two matching smaller angles. The large angle is the nose and the smaller angles are the tips. between the nose and the tips lies the leading edge, and between the tips lies the trailing edge. Typically there are at least 4 spars framing the kite: one for each leading edge, and a cross spar across the back of the kite that bridges the two leading edges and helps the kite prevent collapsing on itself, and one running down the ‘spine’ of the kite (see below) In general true deltas have what are considered ‘free-floating’ spars. This means that the fabric sleeves that contain the spars are not under tension, and the leading edge spars may not be secured in the nose cap. Most ‘true-to-form’ Deltas use a piece of fabric as a keel that runs from the nose of the kite along the spine and serves as the attachment point. Delta variants and derivatives however, freely play with this.
Where you go from here really makes Delta kites SUPER interesting!
- The spar running down the middle of the kite from the nose to the trailing edge. This is called the ‘spine’ and helps provide additional support for the kite to maintain a more ‘taught’ look or shape. It also provides stability if you choose to chain multiple delta’s together in what is called a ‘train’. The length of the spine is typically the length of the nose to the trailing edge without deforming the standard triangular shape for a ‘basic delta’. But there are no rules, so make it longer if you want!
- Extend the spine spar and scallop the trailing edge towards the nose. If made with light weight material and a slight bow is added to the cross spreader acting as a bridge on the back of the kite, you now have glider kite. Glider kites can be used both outdoors and indoors, and with a little bit of added counter weight can glide long distances with the smallest of inputs.
If you want to learn more about Delta kites and how to make your own, head on over to:
Here is a simple plan on how to build your on delta, and some inspiration on what you can do designs!
Here is a set of formulas that show you how to get started with making your own Delta
OR… Use this handy online calculator! http://www.jesseo.com/kites/delta-calculator.php
Wildwood International Kite Festival
Scheduled for May 27th – May 30th this year. On the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue ,Wildwood and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Event begins on Friday at 12 noon with the ‘Unlocking of the Ocean’ media event on the beach south of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Festivitiesfollow with the opening of the Kite Sales tent, Friday night social via the local kite club and and the 9 p.m. illuminated kite fly Saturday and Sunday include the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach as well as kite workshops and family games. Monday will feature the World Indoor Kite Competition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center where kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind. FREE to spectators! 732.822.4884 or visit http://www.SkyFestivals.com.
Here is a great video of “Wildwood Then and Now” Alive Archives Stunt kite Competition Roots