View Full Version : OT: Way, way cool paper airplane!

01-29-2007, 02:28 PM
I got my son a paper airplane calendar again this year (page a day, he's 5) and while some of them fly well, most don't. I was searching on google for others whom have this same calendar and ran across this:


This is the most awesome paper airplane I have ever made. If flies very, VERY well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

01-29-2007, 05:06 PM
That looks pretty cool, I'll have to try it! I was a huge fan of paper airplanes as a kid.

01-29-2007, 05:32 PM

01-29-2007, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:

Cool, but I don't think that I would give one of those a toss in the air! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

01-29-2007, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I did see it!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

01-30-2007, 06:27 AM
I failed misserably to build one,dived into the ground immeadiately.Maybe the cause was that it didnĀ“t look as the one in the picture. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

01-30-2007, 07:04 AM
Get yourself a copy of "How To Make And Fly Paper Airplanes" by Ralph S. Barnaby.
Amazon has it listed but get a clean copy and never let it go!

He was around since the start of aviation in the US and knew the Wright Brothers.
He had been an aviation pioneer and somewhat one of the greats, also a Navy Aviator.
In the book he shows his original pilot's license which is serial number TWO. Yes,
that's right. In the US one of the Wrights had license #1 and Ralph was given #2
as he explains.

His designs have over half the weight of the plane in a folded spar (or rolled and
then pressed flat is best) across the front, cambered wings made by warping the
paper over a straight edge (table edge works fine), ailerons as needed, tail as
needed (one design is a flying wing) with twin rudders set at slight toe-in and of
course elevators. The wings are normally set with some dihedral and he uses wing
tips folded down to cut down on wingtip vortecies.

In the process of building, flying and tuning the planes there is a course of basic
aerodynamics with all elements explained. I got my copy in 6th grade since that's
how far I was in school when I found the book at a school book fair, 68-69 school
year. I'd have loved it just as much years earlier, the explanations are simple and
tied directly to the hands-on of bulding and flying. It is suitable for kids with
good enough manual dexterity to draw, decent reading skills (can learn new words)
and non-alphabet-disability attention spans plus an active interest in the world.
I think that covers a wide majority even today.

The smallest Barnaby gliders and flying wings I have made were from those 2"x1"
post-it notes and they still flew arcs many feet wide on the first tries.

Maybe your library system has a copy?

01-30-2007, 07:45 AM
wow pretty cool design, tried it myself and flys beter then what i had expected!