pulled by Kites
very popular recreation activity which some of you may enjoy involves
windsurfing on lakes or at sea with the aid of a kite and a surfboard.
This is called kite-surfing. Variations of this theme such
as kite drawn skateboards and go-karts can be seen in most large
parks or seaside resources.
This may seem a new concept but infact kite were being used to
pull vehicles as far back as 1853. In this year Cayley ordered
his coachman to fly across a dale at Brompton. The coachman sat
in a vehicle called the 'new flyer'. The coachman survived
the flight but offered his resignation after informing Cayley
that he was employed to drive and not fly. This was the first
recorded man-carrying glider.
The Samoans used kites to pull their canoes and even Benjamin
Franklin used a kite to pull his boat across a pond.
George Pocock an English schoolteacher patented his 'Char-Volant'
in 1826. This lightweight carriage carried four to five passengers
at speeds of up to 20 m.p.h. Two large arch-top kites pulled the
carriage along. Pocock later conducted experiments, which involved
lifting both his son and daughter along lines that were attached
to large kites.
of Matt Hurrell