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The Great International Paper Airplane Book Paperback – June 15, 1971
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The first part of the book consists of a superbly eclectic history of the paper airplane with many ideas that will lead may a child of any age into endless hours of dreamy fun.
I found this book again this year in a Seattle bookshop and it brought back many happy memories!
Half as intriguing as the plane designs themselves are the snippets from Scientific American ("this plane found in the 5th floor stairwell of 1890 5th Ave, New York--do you know who made it?"), the letters from the contestants (one plane is inscribed with instructions to throw it HARD and HIGH), the photos of SA staff, aviators, and all kinds of stuff unrelated to the actual contest.
It's also a bit of a historical document. Entries come from moon rocket designers at Martin Marietta in Colorado, from defense contractors in Virginia and Maryland, from Boeing engineers in Seattle, and all points in between, including some beautiful artistic and origami entries from Brooklyn, Los Angeles, etc.
Anyway, this thing is half scrapbook, half do-it-yourself design and engineering, and it's bound to inspire some creativity and craftsmanship in kids. Gift it to someone 10 or younger and it will hold their interest for weeks, maybe even interest them in aviation, design, editing, whatever. Worth $10-$15 easily these days, and can be had for half as much.
I used a small duration aloft winner to illustrate the Reynolds number effect in the Wikipedia model airplane article. It has no tail! The airfoil to some extent acts as a horizontal tail, but there is no surface anywhere near vertical. Longitudinal stability is provided only by dihedral. A piloted aircraft, or even a larger paper airplane, with dihedral but no fin has a dynamical instability known as Dutch roll. It swings from side to side with increasing amplitude. However, the smaller and the slower an object is, the gooeyer the air acts on it, in comparison to effects that involve momentum. So apparently, on such a small scale, the viscous friction is enough to damp out the Dutch roll. It flies excellently, though not particularly straight.
Some designs like this are unusual, others conventional but well worked out.
I spent hours building and flying these paper airplane models.
Some of the designs are surprising.
I am very excited to have my won copy after all these years.
The planes vary from very easy to hard to build and so will satisfied a wide range of kids (from 5 to 100).
A great parent/child activity!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this as a child, around ago of 7 or 8 and can say it was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scott Coverley
Cannot wait to give it to my grandson! He is going to have a blast creating these paper airplanes. This book will be USED & not re-sold, I'm sure of that!Published 15 months ago by Joyce, MI
When I was a kid my father gave this to me and really encouraged me to study how to do paper planes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul F
Our children had this when they were young and spent many hours making ALL of the models. Now it's our grand children's turn.Published on May 30, 2014 by Virginia Kendall