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Pat Shingleton: "Hey Pat, Go Fly A Kite!"

1 year ago Thursday, April 03, 2014 3:57:14 PM CDT April 03, 2014 Thursday, April 03 2014 Apr 3, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

Aerodynamic design innovations have furthered kite flying to new "heights," including multiple line maneuvering. As noted in a previous column, the kite was first constructed in China 2800 years ago. Construction included silk and bamboo for a lightweight yet strong framework. In our early years, Nick Sudano's dad would construct our kites by using sections of the Ellwood City Ledger glued to strips of balsa wood with a long tail for additional stability. March and April were perfect for kites as strong cold fronts provided northwest winds that kept our kites aloft for hours. I enjoy kite flying on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola. Today from 11 'til 6, the 10th Annual Kite Fest Louisiane is soaring at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex.

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