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The Ultimate Paper Airplane: With Step-by Step Instructions for Seven Different Models Paperback – June 19, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside (June 19, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671555510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671555511
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have any interest in paper airplanes, beyond the simplicity of tossing one around for a few minutes on a slow day at work, this book is for you. Forget the flimsy loop-the-loop planes that you used to make as a kid. This book will really show you how to make the *ultimate* paper airplane, with some interesting variations as well.
The concept behind the aerodynamics of this plane are so profound, it has been awarded patents, and several college graduates received scholarships researching and writing about it. Definitely a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SINselected on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you hve a child who is a dreamer, into non-traditional fun, and loves to read, then this book is it. My uncle got it for me when I was 11 or 12, and I devoured it whole. The airplanes are fantastic to build, and they truely fly for a long time. Be warned though, the planes take about 20-30 minutes each to construct and you will need scissors, a paperclip (some models even require rubber cement), and lots of patience for great airplanes. I lost my copy in one of my many moves since being 12 (about 14 years ago) and I bought this book again. It gave me not just hours, but DAYS of fun as a kid.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had this book as a kid, and the planes in this book are the best that I have seen. This is a must have to any paper airplane enthusiast
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Baum on July 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Every book on paper airplanes will start by saying their planes are the best. When I first bought this book in 1985, I judged the book by it's cover and believed it was going to contain "the ultimate paper airplane". That was almost 20 years ago now, and the cover has never let me down!
I enjoyed these planes when I first got the book, I enjoyed them again when I started to learn to fly real airplanes in High School, I enjoyed them when I was taking physics classes in College, and now I'm looking forward to enjoying them with the next generation of paper airplane flyers.
If there is a better book about making planes that can be folded out of a single sheet of paper, I haven't found it.
A compelling story about inventors and their dreams, clear explanations about the physics of flying, easy directions for folding planes, AND you end up with planes that are fun to fly because they fly so well!
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I've owned this book for over 20 years now. I now have 3 young boys who are all significantly interested in such toys. Now with the advent of a PowerUp module, i will definitely have this book out more often. An excellent example of what you can achieve with this book would be a Skyhawk I made while visiting relatives back in 1992. The airplane was so finely tuned that my brother and I were able to toss the plane back and forth from over 15 feet away...with the plane flying on a perfectly level and straight flight path. That airplane is still able to be flown just as it was on the first day, since i used 70lb laser bond paper to construct it. This book also helps teach you aerodynamics (basic anyway), and flight principles.
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Majority of the book gives you a good overview of aerodynamics, some history, a little funny story regarding the author's meeting with David Letterman, and some fundamental lessons on how to make a good paper airplane.

Those points set aside, the airplanes you learn (and consequently learn how to make your own design) to make are fantastic. They require dedicated time to learn, but when you make them well, they fly far and high. My record (after making 15 airplanes) was 18 seconds of flight. If you want to really impress the neighborhood kids (and adults), buy this.
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