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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085779
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A fully illustrated guide to 25 paper airplane designs, including a new category of airplanes that will stay airborne indefinitely.

* Includes suggestions for organizing paper airplane contests.

* THE GLIDING FLIGHT has sold more than 40,000 copies.

From the Author

Fantastic Flight was a joy to write.  After the success of my first book, The Gliding Flight (first published in 1989), it took a decade for me to put together a worthy sequel.  I wanted to really push the limits of what could be done with folded flight.  Planes from this book have become standard fare at the finals of the Red Bull Paper Wings World Championships aerobatics category. 

Now, as the world record holder, I see this book as an integral part of that learning process, which lead to the success of the breakthrough design.  The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book (March 2013) chronicles the record breaker, and Fantastic Flight provides a great collection of world class planes.   Your world record journey should travel through this book.

More About the Author

As the new Guinness World Record holder for paper airplane distance, I'm proud to announce that my new book, detailing the new world record plane (plus 19 more designs) is now available. February 26, 2012, we shattered the old mark by 19 and half feet with a completely new kind of distance plane.

Most people ask how I got started. The truth is I never stopped. At some point, I started studying origami. Armed with a new set of folding tools, my planes really started to take better shape and fly better.

With The Gliding Flight, the first book, I managed to do something that hadn't been done yet: a collection of high performance, folded planes. The premise was simple: the only resource needed would be available in the average waste basket. It was a freeing idea and the simplicity appealed to me: one sheet of paper, some folding, and a great flying toy is created. Origami has given me the tools to create planes with landing gear, engine nacelles, tunnels in the nose, and most importantly; clean, efficient wing and body shapes.

With Fantastic Flight, I was working on paper airplanes that could do extraordinary things: circle back, flip over and fly back upside down, flap their wings, and some that can stay aloft using an updraft created by the pilot. These bold ideas are based on simple science. Folding is all that's required, even for the Super Canard; and aircraft with a small forward wing.

With The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book, my paper airplanes are officially world class. The truth is, my designs have been flying around in the winner's circle at the Red Bull World Finals for aerobatics the last few years.

I'm frequently asked, "What's your best paper airplane?" I can only answer with the question, "for what mission?" Do you need the best time aloft, the best distance, the best flapping wing, the most stall resistant, or the one that I've flown for more than a half hour?

I do a lot of public and private shows. I've been fortunate to see some of the world while showing off my planes. In any language the sound people make when they see the Helicopter Egress System or the Tumbling Wing for the first time, is always the same. There's a gasp of wonder, some load whispers of "no way"(or the equivalent) and a flurry of camera shutters. My dream is to able to do this for a living. I can't yet, but I'm working on it. The world is big enough to support just one guy who calls himself The Paper Airplane Guy.


iPhone app: The Paper Airplane Guy's Construction Kit

YouTube Channel: The Paper Airplane Guy


Google Zeitgeist 2013

Sony PS4 conference 2013

Grupo RBS conference 2103

Maker Faire 2013

Evergreen Aviation 2013

Hiller Aviation 2013

Genentech, San Francisco 2011

Google, San Francisco 2010

Maker Fair, San Mateo 2010

Evergreen Aviation Museum, Portland Oregon 2010

Evergreen Aviation Museum, Oregon 2009

Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA 2009

Mobius Children's Museum Fundraiser, Spokane, WA 2009

Maker Fair 2009

Parents Education Network Conference 2009

Charles Armstrong School 2009

INTUIT Designer Conference, Redwood City, CA 2008
Client: Intuit

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA 2008
Art Science and Tech Day

The Tech Museum, San Jose, CA 2008
The Tech Challenge 2008-2009

Singapore Science Center, Singapore 2008
Amazing Flying Machine Competition

The Green School, Bali, Indonesia 2008
Special Invitation

Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA 2008
Fly In 2008: Client Hiller Aviation Museum

* * Re:think Convention 2007
Client: Impact Unlimited

* * BIO 2006 - International Bio-tech convention, Chicago
Client: Quintiles

* * Maker Fair 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - National Event in Association with Make Magazine. Main Stage demonstration.
Client: Maker Fair

* * Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA 2007
Client: Hiller Aviation Museum

* * Book Expo America 2005, New York

* * Exploratorium (Science Museum) San Francisco - various dates
Clients: ASDI and Novell

Every national broadcast network and major cable channel carried video of the world record throw. Partial list of some personal appearances:

International TV
* * BBC
* * Singapore
* * TV Globo (Brazil and beyond)

National Television:
* * Conan
* * The Hallmark Channel "Home and Family"
* * CNN

Local Television:
* * KATU "AM Northwest
* * KPIX-TV (CBS Affiliate), San Francisco "EYE ON THE BAY"
* * KRON-TV (NBC Affiliate), San Francisco "SPORTS FINAL"
* * KTVU-TV (FOX Affiliate), San Francisco "THE TEN O'CLOCK NEWS"
* * KING-TV (NBC Affiliate), Seattle "MORNING NEWS"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hammondman on March 7, 2011
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This second book by Mr Collins do not have as many unique planes as his first offering...but the explanations and the theory of how these planes fly is unbeatable. He even gives you breakdowns on the flight to landing ratio, how to stage your own flying contests ...etc...that alone is worth the price of the book. The diagrams and instructions on the folding of the paper planes are a plus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul J Morton on June 2, 2013
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this is not a starter book but is great for those already interested in paper aviation. suggest you pair this with Airigami by Elmer A. Norvell.
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John Collins is a passionate ambassador of paper planes and this book is the most creative in complex and spectacular shapes. Not easy but phenomenal.
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