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The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book: Featuring the World Record-Breaking Design, with Tear-Out Planes to Fold and Fly Paperback – March 26, 2013
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From the Author
This book includes the world record plane and the star of the movie, "Paper Planes". The Star Fighter, on the cover, plays the part of the wind tunnel tested super plane. It's used by the villain to win contest after contest in the movie. Since it's actually an international distance winner, that makes sense. Just another reason to buy this book!
Parents should note that paper folding is a great way to improve eye hand coordination, small motor skills, 3D visualization, direction following skills, and memorization. Paper airplane flying embodies the scientific method; one is always performing small experiments to make the aircraft perform better.
About the Author
JOHN M. COLLINS, also known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” is the author of The Gliding Flight and Fantastic Flight and has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make better paper airplanes. Collins is a television producer and on-camera talent and has his own production company. Visit www.ThePaperAirplaneGuy.com
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I have collected almost every paper airplane book in or out of print that I could find in the last few years as I discovered that paperflight was a great way to combine two of my hobbies: paragliding and origami. So being the obsessive that I am for these sorts of things, I started rounding up every book on the subject and I discovered that there are really just two books that I couldn't do without: this book and LaFosse's "Planes for Brains."
Inside this book you will find all of Mr. Collins' most useful and elegant models with a few exceptions that can be found in his first book, "The Gliding Flight." The "Suzanne" model which was used to set the distance world record referenced in the title of the book is really the most elegant and impressive plane model around. It is simple enough that anyone over 6 or 7 could fold it, but it just goes and goes. Forgoing the tape and using nose or fuselage locks makes for a go-to plane in any situation. Two others not to miss in this book which were included in earlier books of his are the "Starfighter" and the "Boomerang." Both are great, especially the latter. With some practice at both folding and flying, the Boomerang is too much fun. And how Collins ever figured out how to fold this plane is a mystery as its folds are rather non-intuitive, however it is definitely worth learning.
There seems to be some dissatisfaction regarding this book in that the models are too complex. They are complex, but they are not the most complex around. They are, however, the most accomplished around. The models in the LaFosse book mentioned above are really beautiful and have their own genius to the folding (they are even more complex), but they do not perform as well as Collins' planes do. If you are looking for a rudimentary paper airplane book, I would recommend the Klutz book as it is simple, but has some useful ideas for kids to explore with.
Hope that helps.
The story of the Guinness world record breaking plane makes this book all the more desirable. John Collins obviously knows a lot about paper airplanes to get his glider design to break a 9 year old record. The dichotomy in his and the former world record holder's design is fascinating. The record breaking event is a Great read!
I loved the book so much I bought 5 of them. One for me and four for my friends children's Birthdays.
Recently, I saw John Collins, "The Paper Airplane Guy", on the Conan O'Brien show. He was very funny and genuine. But, it was his paper airplanes that stole the show!
Making and flying the planes in this book will make you smile, laugh and feel like a kid again.