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A kite is a tethered heavier-than-air craft with wing surfaces that react against the air to create lift and drag. A kite consists of wings, tethers and anchors. Kites often have a bridle to guide the face of the kite at the correct angle so the wind can lift it.[2] Some kite designs don’t need a bridle; box kites can have a single attachment point. A kite may have fixed or moving anchors. One technical definition is that a kite is “a collection of tether-coupled wing sets“.[3] The lift that sustains the kite in flight is generated when air moves around the kite's surface, producing low pressure above and high pressure below the wings.[4] The interaction with the wind 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 one or more of the lines or tethers to which the kite is attached.[5] 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[6][7] or vehicle).[8][9] The same principles of fluid flow apply in liquids, so kites can be used in underwater currents, but there are no everyday uses as yet.[10][11] Man-lifting kites were made for reconnaissance, entertainment and during development of the first practical aircraft, the biplane. Kites have a long and varied history and many different types are flown individually and at festivals worldwide. Kites may be flown for recreation, art or other practical uses. Sport kites
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 snow kiting.

Contents

1 History 2 Materials 3 Practical uses

3.1 Military
Military
applications 3.2 Science and meteorology 3.3 Radio aerials and light beacons 3.4 Kite
Kite
traction 3.5 Underwater kites

4 Cultural uses

4.1 Asia 4.2 Europe 4.3 Polynesia 4.4 South America

5 In popular culture 6 Kite
Kite
altitude record 7 Record - largest kite 8 General safety issues 9 Designs 10 Types 11 Records 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History[edit]

Woodcut print of a kite from John Bate's 1635 book, The Mysteries of Nature and Art
Art
in which the kite is titled How to make fire Drakes

Kites were invented in China,[12] 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. The kite has been claimed as the invention of the 5th-century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi
Mozi
(also Mo Di) and Lu Ban
Lu Ban
(also Gongshu Ban). By 549 AD 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.[13] Ancient and medieval Chinese sources describe kites being used for measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting men, signaling, and communication for military operations.[13] The earliest known Chinese kites were flat (not bowed) and often rectangular. Later, tailless kites incorporated a stabilizing bowline. Kites were decorated with mythological motifs and legendary figures; some were fitted with strings and whistles to make musical sounds while flying.[14][15][16] From China, kites were introduced to Cambodia, Thailand, India, Japan, Korea and the western world.[13][14][16]

Kite
Kite
Flying by Suzuki Harunobu, 1766 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Kite
Kite
maker from India, image from Travels in India, including Sinde and the Punjab by H. E. Lloyd, 1845

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.[17] Kites were known throughout Polynesia, as far as New Zealand, with the assumption being that the knowledge diffused from China
China
along with the people. Anthropomorphic kites made from cloth and wood were used in religious ceremonies to send prayers to the gods.[18] Polynesian kite traditions are used by anthropologists get an idea of early "primitive" Asian traditions that are believed to have at one time existed in Asia.[19]

Boys flying a kite. Engraving published in Germany in 1828 by Johann Michael Voltz

Kites were late to arrive in Europe, although windsock-like banners were known and used by the Romans. Stories of kites were first brought to Europe
Europe
by Marco Polo towards the end of the 13th century, and kites were brought back by sailors from Japan
Japan
and Malaysia
Malaysia
in the 16th and 17th centuries.[20] Konrad Kyeser
Konrad Kyeser
described dragon kites in Bellifortis
Bellifortis
about 1400 AD.[21] Although kites were initially regarded as mere curiosities, by the 18th and 19th centuries they were being used as vehicles for scientific research.[20] In 1750, Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
published a proposal for an experiment to prove that lightning was caused by electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm. It is not known whether Franklin ever performed his experiment,[22][23] but on May 10, 1752, Thomas-François Dalibard of France conducted a similar experiment using a 40 feet (12 m) iron rod instead of a kite and extracted electrical sparks from a cloud.[22] Kites were also instrumental in the research of the Wright brothers
Wright brothers
as they developed the first airplane in the late 1800s. Over the next 70 years, many new kite designs were developed and often patented. These included Eddy's tail-less diamond kite, the tetrahedral kite, the flexible kite, the sled kite, and the parafoil kite, which helped to develop modern hang-gliders.[24] In fact, the period from 1860 to about 1910 became the "golden age of kiting". Kites started to be used for scientific purposes, especially in meteorology, aeronautics, wireless communications and photography; many different designs of man-lifting kite were developed as well as power kites. The development of mechanically powered airplane diminished interest in kites. World War II
World War II
saw a limited use of kites for military purposes (see Focke Achgelis Fa 330
Focke Achgelis Fa 330
for an example). Since then they are used mainly for recreation. Materials[edit]

Sparless Styrofoam
Styrofoam
kites

Designs often emulate flying insects, birds, and other beasts, both real and mythical. The finest Chinese kites are made from split bamboo (usually golden bamboo), covered with silk, and hand painted. On larger kites, clever hinges and latches allow the kite to be disassembled and compactly folded for storage or transport. Cheaper mass-produced kites are often made from printed polyester rather than silk. Tails are used for some single-line kite designs to keep the kite's nose pointing into the wind. Spinners and spinsocks can be attached to the flying line for visual effect. There are rotating wind socks which spin like a turbine. On large display kites these tails, spinners and spinsocks can be 50 feet (15 m) long or more. Modern aerobatic kites use two or four lines to allow fine control of the kite's angle to the wind. Traction kites may have an additional line to de-power the kite and quick-release mechanisms to disengage flyer and kite in an emergency. Practical uses[edit] Main article: Kite
Kite
applications Kites have been used for human flight, military applications, science and meteorology, photography, lifting radio antennas, generating power, aerodynamics experiments, and much more.

Chinese dragon kite more than one hundred feet long which flew in the annual Berkeley, California, kite festival in 2000

Military
Military
applications[edit] Kites have been used for military purposes in the past, such as signaling, delivery of munitions, and for observation, both by lifting an observer above the field of battle and by using kite aerial photography. According to Samguk Sagi, in 637 Kim Yu-sin, a Korean general of Silla rallied his troops to defeat rebels by lofting a kite with a straw man which looked like a burning ball flying to the sky.[25] Russian chronicles mention Prince Oleg of Novgorod
Oleg of Novgorod
use of kites during the siege of Constantinople
Constantinople
in 906: "and he crafted horses and men of paper, armed and gilded, and lifted them into the air over the city; the Greeks saw them and feared them".[citation needed] Kites were also used by Admiral Yi
Admiral Yi
of the Joseon Dynasty
Joseon Dynasty
(1392–1910) of Korea. During the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598), Admiral Yi
Admiral Yi
commanded his navy using kites. His kites had specific markings directing his fleet to perform various orders.[26]

One of Cody's "manlifter" kites in 1908

In the modern era the British Army used kites to haul human lookouts into the air for observation purposes, using the kites developed by Samuel Franklin Cody. Barrage kites were used to protect shipping during the Second World War.[27][28] Kites were also used for anti-aircraft target practice.[29] Kites and kytoons were used for lofting communications antenna.[30] Submarines
Submarines
lofted observers in rotary kites.[31] Science and meteorology[edit] Kites have been used for scientific purposes, such as Benjamin Franklin's famous experiment proving that lightning is electricity. Kites were the precursors to the traditional aircraft, and were instrumental in the development of early flying craft. Alexander Graham Bell experimented with very large man-lifting kites, as did the Wright brothers
Wright brothers
and Lawrence Hargrave. Kites had a historical role in lifting scientific instruments to measure atmospheric conditions for weather forecasting. Francis Ronalds
Francis Ronalds
and William Radcliffe Birt described a very stable kite at Kew Observatory as early as 1847 that was trialled for the purpose of supporting self-registering meteorological instruments at height.[32] Radio aerials and light beacons[edit] Kites can be used for radio purposes, by kites carrying antennas for MF, LF or VLF-transmitters. This method was used for the reception station of the first transatlantic transmission by Marconi. Captive balloons may be more convenient for such experiments, because kite-carried antennas require a lot of wind, which may be not always possible with heavy equipment and a ground conductor. It must be taken into account during experiments, that a conductor carried by a kite can lead to high voltage toward ground, which can endanger people and equipment, if suitable precautions (grounding through resistors or a parallel resonant-circuit tuned to transmission frequency) are not taken. Kites can be used to carry light effects such as lightsticks or battery powered lights. Kite
Kite
traction[edit]

A quad-line traction kite, commonly used as a power source for kite surfing

Kites can be used to pull people and vehicles downwind. Efficient foil-type kites such as power kites can also be used to sail upwind under the same principles as used by other sailing craft, provided that lateral forces on the ground or in the water are redirected as with the keels, center boards, wheels and ice blades of traditional sailing craft. In the last two decades several kite sailing sports have become popular, such as kite buggying, kite landboarding, kite boating and kite surfing. Snow kiting
Snow kiting
has also become popular in recent years. Kite
Kite
sailing opens several possibilities not available in traditional sailing:

Wind speeds are greater at higher altitudes Kites may be manoeuvered dynamically which increases the force available dramatically There is no need for mechanical structures to withstand bending forces; vehicles or hulls can be very light or dispensed with all together

Underwater kites[edit] Underwater kites are being developed to harvest renewable power from the flow of water.[33][34] Cultural uses[edit] Kite
Kite
festivals are a popular form of entertainment throughout the world. They include large local events, traditional festivals which have been held for hundreds[clarification needed] of years and major international festivals which bring in kite flyers from other countries to display their unique art kites and demonstrate the latest technical kites. Asia[edit]

Making a traditional Wau jala budi kite in Malaysia. The bamboo frame is covered with plain paper and then decorated with multiple layers of shaped paper and foil.

Kite
Kite
flying is popular in many Asian countries, where it often takes the form of "kite fighting", in which participants try to snag each other's kites or cut other kites down.[35] Fighter kites are usually small, flat, flattened diamond-shaped kites made of paper and bamboo. Tails are not used on fighter kites so that agility and maneuverability are not compromised. In Afghanistan, kite flying is a popular game, and is known in Dari as Gudiparan Bazi. Some kite fighters pass their strings through a mixture of ground glass powder and glue, which is legal. The resulting strings are very abrasive and can sever the competitor's strings more easily. The abrasive strings can also injure people. During the Taliban
Taliban
rule in Afghanistan, kite flying was banned, among various other recreations. In Pakistan, kite flying is often known as Gudi-Bazi or Patang-bazi. Although kite flying is a popular ritual for the celebration of spring festival known as Jashn-e-Baharaan
Jashn-e-Baharaan
(lit. Spring Festival) or Basant, kites are flown throughout the year. Kite fighting
Kite fighting
is a very popular pastime all around Pakistan, but mostly in urban centers across the country (especially Lahore). The kite fights are at their highest during the spring celebrations and the fighters enjoy competing with rivals to cut-loose the string of the others kite, this is popularly known as "Paecha". During the spring festival, kite flying competitions are held across the country and the skies are colored with kites. As people cut-loose an opponents kite, shouts of 'wo kata' ring through the air. They reclaim the kites, after they have been cut-loose, by running after them. This is a popular ritual especially among the youth (similar to scenes depicted in the Kite
Kite
Runner which is based in neighboring Afghanistan). Kites and strings are a big business in the country and many types of strings are used: glass-coated strings, metal strings and tandi. However, kite flying was recently banned in Punjab due to recent motorcyclist deaths caused by glass-coated or metal kite-strings. Kup, Patang, Guda, and Nakhlaoo are some of the kites used. They vary in balance, weight and speed.

Various Balinese kites is on display in front of a store in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

In Indonesia
Indonesia
kites is flown as both sport and recreation. One of the most popular kites variants is from Bali. Balinese kites are unique and they has different design and forms; birds, butterflies, dragons, ships, etc. In Vietnam, kites are flown without tails. Instead small flutes are attached allowing the wind to "hum" a musical tune. There are other forms of sound-making kites. In Bali, large bows are attached to the front of the kites to make a deep throbbing vibration, and in Malaysia
Malaysia
row of gourds with sound-slots are used to create a whistle as the kite flies. Malaysia
Malaysia
has also the Kite
Kite
Museum in Malacca.[36]

A kite shop in Lucknow, India

Kites are very popular in India, with the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Punjab notable for their kite fighting festivals. Highly maneuverable single-string paper and bamboo kites are flown from the rooftops while using line friction in an attempt to cut each other's kite lines, either by letting the cutting line loose at high speed or by pulling the line in a fast and repeated manner. During the Indian spring festival of Makar Sankranti, near the middle of January, millions of people fly kites all over northern India. Kite
Kite
flying in Hyderabad starts a month before this, but kite flying/fighting is an important part of other celebrations, including Republic Day, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan, Viswakarma Puja day in late September and Janmashtami. An international kite festival is held every year before Uttarayan
Uttarayan
for three days in Vadodara, Surat
Surat
and Ahmedabad.

Bermuda
Bermuda
kite

Kites have been flown in China
China
since ancient times. Weifang
Weifang
is home to the largest kite museum in the world.[37][citation needed] It also hosts an annual international kite festival on the large salt flats south of the city. There are several kite museums in Japan, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA. In the olden days, Malays in Singapore, kites were used for fishing.[38]

Traditional Japanese kites

In Japan, kite flying is traditionally a children's play in New Year holidays and in the Boys' Festival in May. In some areas, there is a tradition to celebrate a new boy baby with a new kite (祝い凧). There are many kite festivals throughout Japan. The most famous one is "Yōkaichi Giant Kite
Kite
Festival" in Higashiōmi, Shiga, which started in 1841.[39] The largest kite ever built in the festival is 62 feet (19 m) wide by 67 feet (20 m) high and weighs 3,307 pounds (1,500 kg).[40] In the Hamamatsu Kite Festival
Hamamatsu Kite Festival
in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, more than 100 kites are flown in the sky over the Nakatajima Sand Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan, which overlooks the Enshunada Sea.[41] The parents who had a new baby prepare a new kite with their baby's name and fly it in the festival.[42] Those kites are traditional ones made from bamboo and paper. Europe[edit] In Greece
Greece
and Cyprus, flying kites is a tradition for Clean Monday, the first day of Lent. In the British Overseas Territory
British Overseas Territory
of Bermuda, traditional Bermuda
Bermuda
kites are made and flown at Easter, to symbolise Christ's ascent. Bermuda
Bermuda
kites hold the world records for altitude and duration. In Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura
a kite festival is usually held on the weekend nearest to 8 November lasting for 3 days. Polynesia[edit]

Māori kite

Polynesian traditional kites are sometimes used at ceremonies and variants of traditional kites for amusement. Older pieces are kept in museums. These are treasured by the people of Polynesia. South America[edit] In Brazil, flying a kite is a very popular leisure activity for children, teenagers and even young adults. Mostly these are boys, and it is overwhelmingly kite fighting a game whose goal is to maneuver their own kites to cut the other persons' kites' strings during flight, and followed by kite running where participants race through the streets to steal the free-drifting kites. As in other countries with similar traditions, injuries are common and motorcyclists in particular need to take precautions.[43] In Chile, kites are very popular, especially during Independence Day festivities (September 18). In Colombia, kites can be seen flown in parks and recreation areas during August which is known to be windy. It is during this month that most people, especially the young ones would fly kites. In Guyana, kites are flown at Easter, an activity in which all ethnic and religious groups participate. Kites are generally not flown at any other time of year. Kites start appearing in the sky in the weeks leading up to Easter
Easter
and school children are taken to parks for the activity. It all culminates in a massive airborne celebration on Easter
Easter
Monday especially in Georgetown, the capital, and other coastal areas. The history of the practice is not entirely clear but given that Easter
Easter
is a Christian festival, it is said that kite flying is symbolic of the Risen Lord. Moore[44] describes the phenomenon in the 19th century as follows:

A very popular Creole pastime was the flying of kites. Easter
Easter
Monday, a public holiday, was the great kite-flying day on the sea wall in Georgetown and on open lands in villages. Young and old alike, male and female, appeared to be seized by kite-flying mania. Easter
Easter
1885 serves as a good example. "The appearance of the sky all over Georgetown, but especially towards the Sea Wall, was very striking, the air being thick with kites of all shapes and sizes, covered with gaily coloured paper, all riding bravely on the strong wind. — (His quotation is from a letter to The Creole newspaper of December 29, 1858.)

The exact origins of the practice of kite flying (exclusively) at Easter
Easter
are unclear. Brereton and Yelvington[45] speculate that kite flying was introduced by Chinese indentured immigrants to the then colony of British Guiana in the mid 19th century. The author of an article in the Guyana
Guyana
Chronicle newspaper of May 6, 2007 is more certain:

Kite
Kite
flying originated as a Chinese tradition to mark the beginning of spring. However, because the plantation owners were suspicious of the planter class (read "plantation workers"), the Chinese claimed that it represented the resurrection of Jesus
Jesus
Christ. It was a clever argument, as at that time, Christians celebrated Easter
Easter
to the glory of the risen Christ. The Chinese came to Guyana
Guyana
from 1853–1879.[46]

In popular culture[edit]

The Kite
Kite
Runner, a 2005 novel by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini
dramatizes the role of kite fighting in pre-war Kabul. The Peanuts
Peanuts
cartoon character Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
was often depicted having flown his kite into a tree as a metaphor for life's adversities. Mary Poppins: Let's Go Fly A Kite
Kite
scene where The Banks Family sings while flying a kite. Mulan: In the parade scene, you'll see some kites flying. "Shooter": Kites are flown showing Bob Lee Swagger the types of wind at the assassionation location.

Kite
Kite
altitude record[edit]

Launch of ram-air inflated Peter Lynn
Peter Lynn
single-line kite, shaped like an octopus and 90 feet (27 m) long

The World record for the highest single kite was set on September 23, 2014. A team of four kite enthusiasts flew a 120 square feet (11 m2) kite to 16,009 feet (4,880 m) above ground level.[47] The record altitude was reached after 8 series of attempts over a ten-year period from a remote location in western NSW, Australia. The 8.2 feet (2 m) tall and 19.6 feet (6 m) wide Dunton-Taylor delta kite's flight was controlled by a winch system using 40,682 feet (12,400 m) of ultra high strength Dyneema line. The flight took about eight hours from ground and return. The height was measured with on-board GPS telemetry transmitting positional data in real time to a ground based computer and also back-up GPS data loggers for later analysis.[48] Record - largest kite[edit] Until Bristol
Bristol
Kite
Kite
Festival 2011 ended, the world record for the biggest-ever kite flown for at least 20 minutes was a kite with lifting area of 10,971 square feet (1,019 m2).[49] General safety issues[edit]

A man flying a kite on the beach, a good location for flying as winds travelling across the sea contain few up or down draughts which cause kites to fly erratically

There are safety issues involved in kite-flying. Kite
Kite
lines can strike and tangle on electrical power lines, causing power blackouts and running the risk of electrocuting the kite flier. Wet kite lines or wire can act as a conductor for static electricity and lightning when the weather is stormy. Kites with large surface area or powerful lift can lift kite fliers off the ground or drag them into other objects. In urban areas there is usually a ceiling on how high a kite can be flown, to prevent the kite and line infringing on the airspace of helicopters and light aircraft. It is also possible for Fighter kites to kill people, as happened in India
India
when three spectators were killed in separate incidents during Independence Day, August, 2016 — precipitating a ban on certain types of enhanced line. Designs[edit]

Delta kite

Train of connected kites

Bermuda
Bermuda
kite Bowed kite, e.g. Rokkaku Cellular or box kite Chapi-chapi Delta kite Foil, parafoil or bow kite Leading edge inflatable kite Malay kite see also wau bulan Tetrahedral kite Traditional kite Moon kite

Types[edit] Main article: Kite
Kite
types

Expanded polystyrene kite Fighter kite Indoor kite Inflatable single-line kite Kytoon
Kytoon
- a hybrid tethered craft comprising both a lighter-than-air balloon as well as a kite lifting surface Man-lifting kite Rogallo parawing kite Stunt (sport) kite Water kite Tobago kite

A kite in the shape of the flag of Kuwait. The size when flat is 42m x 25m, 1,050 square meters (11,300 sq ft). While flying it becomes a little smaller (about 900 square meters (9,700 sq ft)) due to curvature of the edges when inflated.

Records[edit] Until Bristol
Bristol
Kite
Kite
Festival 2011 ended, the world record for the biggest-ever kite flown for at least 20 minutes was a kite with lifting area of 10,971 square feet (1,019 m2).[49] On the 23rd of September 2014 a team of enthusiasts led by Robert Moore, flew a 129 square feet (12 m2) kite to 16,009 feet (4,880 m) above ground level. "The worlds biggest kite in the shape of an octopus flies over a grassland in Hohhot on Aug. 5, 2014. The kite, weighing 200kg, covers an area of about 1,500 square meters when spread out, and needs 50 tons of strength to be pulled in the sky." (https://www.si.com/more-sports/photos/2013/12/06/guinness-records-2011#3) See also[edit]

Morro Bay, California
Morro Bay, California
Kite
Kite
Festival 2014

Airborne wind turbine
Airborne wind turbine
— conceptual for wind generator flown as kite Captive helicopter Captive plane High altitude wind power Kite
Kite
aerial photography Kite
Kite
buggying Kite
Kite
fishing Kite
Kite
ice skating Kite
Kite
landboarding Kite
Kite
shape (geometry) Kiteboating Kitelife — an American magazine devoted to kites. Kitesurfing Kite
Kite
rig List of books about kites List of kite festivals Sea Tails, video installation Solar balloon
Solar balloon
A solar-heated hot air balloon that can be flown like a kite, but on windless days. Uttarayan
Uttarayan
The kite flying festival of western India

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Look up kite in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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The Wikibook Adventist_Youth_Honors_Answer_Book/Recreation/Kites has a page on the topic of: Kites

Kites in many countries History of kites The earliest depiction of kite flying in European literature in a panorama of Ternate (Moluccas) 1600. Mathematics and aeronautical principles of kites. Kitecraft and Kite
Kite
Tournaments (1914) — A free public domain e-book Kite
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World Records and Innovations Kite
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Museum in India Trivedi, Parthsarathi; et al. "Aerodynamics of Kites" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2013.  Eyes on Brazil[permanent dead link]

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Application of wind energy

Wind power

Wind turbine Wind mill

Vehicle propulsion

Sailboat Sailing ship Power kite SkySails Ice boat Land sailing Rotor ship

Kite
Kite
applications

Kite Human-lifting kite

Air current

Windcatcher

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Types of aircraft by methods of thrust and lift

  Aerostat Aerodyne

Lift: Lighter than air gas Lift: Fixed wing Lift: Unpowered rotor Lift: Powered rotor

Unpowered free flight (Free) balloon Glider Helicopter, etc. in autorotation (None – see note 2)

Tethered (static or towed) Tethered balloon Kite Rotor kite (None – see note 2)

Powered Airship Airplane, ornithopter, etc. Autogyro Helicopter, gyrodyne

Note 1: A tiltwing or tiltrotor aircraft functions as an aeroplane during normal (horizontal) flight and as a helicopter during low-speed flight.

Note 2: For full-size aircraft with powered rotors the rotor is normally tilted to achieve thrust (e.g. in a helicopter). Some toys (e.g. balloon helicopter) do have a powered rotor with no means to tilt the rotor to produce horizontal thrust.

Note 3: Ground effect vehicles and hovercraft are not included in the table, nor are experimental aircraft with novel thrust / lift solutions (e.g. coleopter, Flying Bedstead, Avrocar and flettner airplane) or balloon-wing hybrids (e.g. kytoon and hybrid airship).

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Kites and kite flying

Types by use

Fighter kite Human-lifting kite Indoor kite Power kite Sport kite Water kite

Types by shape

Arc kite Bermuda
Bermuda
kite Bowed kite

Rokkaku dako

Box kite Chapi-chapi Foil kite Inflatable single-line kite Kytoon Leading edge inflatable kite

Bow kite

Malay kite Rotor kite Rogallo wing Scott sled Soil kite Tetrahedral kite Wau bulan

Activities & applications

Hang gliding Kite
Kite
aerial photography Kite
Kite
fighting Kite
Kite
fishing Kite
Kite
rigs

Kite
Kite
landboarding Snowkiting Kite
Kite
ice skating Kite
Kite
rollerskating Kitesurfing Kiteboating Kite
Kite
buggy

Paragliding

Powered paragliding

Parasailing

Parts

Kite
Kite
control systems Kite
Kite
line

Kite
Kite
mooring

People

Alexander Graham Bell William Abner Eddy Lawrence Hargrave Jackie Matisse

Sea Tails

Francis Rogallo

Other

Ballooning (spider) Kite
Kite
books Kite
Kite
(geometry) Kitelife List of kite festivals

Category

Authority control

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