What is it about a paper airplane that fascinates us?
Is it our love of flying?
As kids we first started folding some of our school papers into paper airplanes and then sending that paper airplane on a flight across the classroom. Next, we made another paper airplane to torment our teachers and class.
Then, some more creative souls decided that you could create a paper airplane like the one on the left with control surfaces you could change in order to make the paper airplane model do aerobatic maneuvers like loops, rolls and more.
At first we build paper airplanes that we launch by throwing them into the air, having folded it using an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. The next step is to power the paper airplane, and in order to do that we need a paper airplane propeller.
Below is a video on how to make a paper airplane propeller:
Now, that's not terribly interesting once you get the hang of it. So, what's next?
Whitewings now have a kit consisting of 10 great flying all-paper airplane designs for great family fun, school projects or the serious modeler.
The complete kit includes everything you need for assembly including one tube of Testors Metal and Wood cement, a ruler, assembly clips, a catapult launcher, instruction booklet with assembly, flight and design instructions and 10 classic airplane models.
It takes roughly 30 minutes from cut-out until ready to fly for each model.
Check out these Real Paper Airplane Models! To the left is a picture of a Piper J-3 Cub paper airplane model. Paper airplane models, known in Europe as Card Model Airplanes, are very sophisticated models which, when finished, look so real most people can't tell the difference between them and painted wood model airplanes.
You have a number of models to choose from, including the famous Jenny JN-4 each a downloadable pdf file which can be printed in beautiful cover on your inkjet printer. Not for young children, these paper airplane models are a great winter or indoor project for anyone who likes airplanes and detail projects.
These paper airplane models are inexpensive to buy, fun to build and will keep you busy creating for hours!
OK, so now we have looked into making paper airplanes, but you are looking for more excitement, yes? Well, how about a flying a rubber band powered airplane? Check out this video and see how much fun it can be:
Flying A Rubber Band Powered Airplane!
On the left you can find a link to some rubber band powered airplane kits which are a lot of fun to build and to fly.
The Best Rubber Band Powered Airplane – The Wright Flyer model!
Don't miss this chance to share a history lesson with your children as you build, fly and discuss the world’s first powered aircraft – the Wright Flyer. Watch their eyes light up as you fly this model together and they imagine being there at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903!
This twin propeller rubber band powered model is an exact replica of the original Wright Flyer, which you can build together with your children who will experience an important event in aviation history and encourage their interest in history and learning!
Watch your children's excitement as they wind the rubber bands with the power winder and launch the Wright Flyer model on a journey across the gym or grassy field. This is a great family project which can be constructed in a little over 2 hours, needs no special tools or glue, and really flies! Share the experience of reliving history while educating your kids at the same time!
The first flying paper items where probably kites which were flown in China over 2,000 years ago. The first reference to paper airplanes in the United States was when Jack Northrop used paper airplane gliders in the early 1930’s to assist him in designing wings for some of the early airplanes.
However, there was a lot of experimentation with flying machines in Europe before the Wright Brothers flew their Wright Flyer in 1903. Paper model airplanes were used at the start of the 1900’s as a common method for exploring the flight characteristics of wings.
DeVinci made reference in his writings to building a model plane out of parchment.
Later, the British engineer George Cayley identified the four aerodynamic forces of flight – lift, drag, weight and thrust, and is often known as the father of aerodynamics. He lived from 1773 to 1857, and designed the first successful glider to carry a human being aloft.
Which brings us to the inventor of the Whitewings paper airplanes, Dr. Y. Ninomiya. At the First International Paper Airplane Contest in San Francisco in 1967 his Whitewings paper airplanes took first place for both distance and flight time aloft.
Paper airplanes were everywhere when I was a kid, and the age of flight exploration was well underway. Paper airplane models flew around the classroom, down the hallways of school, and many a paper airplane glider could be seen flying around our home.
Today paper airplane models are a great gift for kids. These paper airplanes for kids teach them coordination, patience, aerodynamics and the characteristics of flight.
Later on kids discovered rubber bands which were first used to bundle newspapers and letters together, but served as great launchers for paper gliders. With the use of a paper clip on the nose, a rubber band pulled way back, and you could launch a paper airplane model which could fly great distances or perform aerobatic maneuvers.
Toy manufacturers quickly discovered that they could design rubber band powered paper airplanes, and later model airplanes made out of foam with propellers powered by strong rubber bands. These rubber band airplane kits became very popular, and we provide a great selection of rubber band airplanes on this website.
Another great way for kids to learn about paper airplanes is to get a book full of different airplane models to make. Again, you can find a great selection of paper airplane books on this website.
A Recap of the history of Paper Airplanes
In the 1930s Jack Northrup, the co-founder of Lockheed, used paper airplanes to test his ideas for building real aircraft, and is generally credited with creating the modern version of paper airplanes.
In the early 60’s Dr. Y. Ninomiya decided to challenge everyone to create better paper airplanes that were more interesting to make and which would fly better than those made out of letter paper.
In order to accomplish this goal he helped organize and participated in the First Great Paper Airplane competition in 1967, followed by the Second Great Paper Airplane competition in 1985. Creating paper airplanes has been taken serious by even NASA, whose Langley AFB created the world’s largest paper airplane in 1992!
Paper Airplanes, Gliders, Rubber Band Powered Aircraft Equal Great Fun And A Wonderful Family Learning Experience!
If you are looking for a great way to be involved with your kids, a way to teach your kids how to create and achieve goals and a way to stay involved with them, then this is a great way. Inexpensive, interesting and fun, paper airplanes are fun for everyone!
Don’t delay, choose the kit that best fits your kids and get everyone away from the TV and X-Box! After all, the family that plays together stays together.
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