Paper Airplanes Fast Facts

Paper airplanes have fascinated children and adults alike around the globe for generations. A simple toy to some, an aeronautics research tool to others, paper airplanes can be folded into a variety of designs, from basic darts and gliders to intricate stunt planes and World War II airplanes. Turning paper into a flying machine may seem simple, but paper airplanes use the same principles of flight as airplanes. Whether they are made to set a world record or design a better airplane, paper airplanes can be educational, interesting and fun

1) Gliders, like paper airplanes, don’t have engines.However, gliders have travelled ever 1,000 miles in one flight and have reached altitudes of more than eight miles above earth.

2) The longest recorded distance flown by a paper airplane thrown from the ground indoors is 193 fest (more than twice the length of a basketball court). It was thrown by Tony filch in la crease, Wisconsin, on may 21, 1965.

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3) It Doesn’t Spins make sure the blades are little up from level. Other than that, there’s really no way to adjust this aircraft, se if for some reason one of your doesn’t fly wall, fold up another.

4) Blimps and balloons float in the air for the same reason that corks float in water.The helium in a balloon weighs less than air, just like cork weighs less than water.

5) The world is largest paper airplane on record had a wing span of 45 feet 10 inches. It was built by students and faculty at Delft University of technology in the Netherlands, and on May 15, 1995, they flew it 114 feet indoors.

6) Inventor: The invention of the paper airplane is mystery, but Leonardo Di Vinci is often given credit for the feat.

7) Fun Fact: According to the Paper Aircraft Association, a paper airplane thrown in space will not fly; it will float in a straight line. Unless it hits an object, it could literally float forever

8.) Wingspan: The record wingspan of a paper airplane is 40 feet and 10 inches. The craft flew over 114 feet before crashing into a wall.

9) Education: Scientists, engineers and students use paper airplanes to study aerodynamics. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent a paper airplane to space on a space shuttle.

10: Shapes: Paper airplanes can be made in many shapes. According to world record holder Ken Blackburn, airplanes in the shape of an “X,” a hoop and a “futuristic spacecraft” can all be made to fly (see Resources).

11) Weather: The humidity outside can affect the performance of a paper airplane thrown inside.

Originally posted 2012-04-05 21:59:07.

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