The Anatomy of Extreme

part of Overkill

The Anatomy of Extreme
download file

Here you can see the stunt-kite just before take-off. The pink-tipped string attaches to the right wing, yellow to the left. Pulling on that side causes the kite to bank in that direction, and spin that direction until you even out the tension between the two lines. There are carbon-fiber struts keeping the wings nearly taught. The real magic is in the adjustable struts, that connect the middle of each wing to the long strut in back, which pushes the fabric of the wings up from the strut, giving the kite it's curvature and a great deal of it's lift. Changing the angle of those little struts changes how easily the wind spills out from under the kite; forget to do this in a high-wind situation and the kite will literally tear loose at 70mph and go destroy democracy or some such.

Close