Does Your Kite Need A Tail?

Does Your Kite Need A Tail?

Adding tails to your kite can be fun! It adds color and creates movement in the sky. It also makes your kite look bigger!

Tails add drag (and weight) to kites. This often helps kites to fly with more stability, especially in higher winds.   In general:

More wind = More tail
Less wind = Less tail

How much tail to add?  

I like to start with adding about 3-4 times the height of the kite. Or for most small kite kits, 3 to 4 feet is a good place to start.  

Balance is important.   When adding tails to the kite, add the same of tail to both the right and left sides of the kite.

Tails should be attached to the lower edge or bottom of the kite.   The type of kite will determine where the tail is to be attached.  

On some kites, loop tails are the easiest and most effective way to add tail.

Or you can add equal lengths to the sides, fringes or pompoms…

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