My Delta Kite
By: Jerod Bush
Blue Print for my Delta Kite
Kite Math Problem #1
In 1820, George Pocock connected several large kites to a carriage and pulled it from
Southampton to London. Since road taxes were based on the number of horses used to pull a carriage, he was able to avoid any taxes! The 60 mile trip took two hours. Modern
kite buggies now go twice as fast but seldom go as far. How fast was the carriage moving?
Kite Math Problem #2
The largest kites built in Japan are flown in Hoshubana every May. The kites are 36 feet wide and 48 feet tall with bridle lines more than 100 feet long. It takes fifty members of the O-dako (Giant Kite) Association of Hoshubana to launch this giant creation. Each team member is suitably uniformed in a traditional festival jacket that matches the kite. The kite is made from individual pieces of rice paper, each glued together at the edges. If each sheet is 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall, how many sheets are needed to create the sail of this Japanese kite?
Kite Math Problem #3
Under the direction of Harry Osborne, the Edmonds Community College kite team kept a
parafoil in the air from August 21 to August 29, 1982. Their 180 hour, 17 minute flight created a world record for duration flying. If there we eight members of the team, and
each took three hour shifts watching the kite, how many shifts would each team member be responsible for?