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By Dan Beard

Try a "Tandem," that is, send up one kite first until it has reached a point is high as you may desire. Then send up another, kite far enough so that its tail will not interfere with the first kite string. Make the second kite-string fast to the line of the kite and let out more string. Mr. Clayton, late of Blue Hill Observatory, gives the following as

The Best Tandem Arrangement.

In the summer of 1890, while experimenting with hexagon tail kites at Bergen Point, I found that the best tandem system was not to fasten one kite to the back of another, but to give each kite its individual string and allow it to branch upward from a main line. This method was so successful that on May 9, l891, at Bergen Point, with a ten or twelve mile wind from the west and with five hexagon tail kites to lift the main line, the top kite became a very distant speck, estimated at 4,000 feet high by those looking on, although no triangulation of the attitude was made. I have since become convinced that the probable attitude was 6,000 feet, but as it was not measured, I have not so far included it in my records of attitude.

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