Paper Airplanes

Topics: Model aircraft, Experiment, Paper plane Pages: 6 (1952 words) Published: November 15, 2011
Paper Airplanes
Project Design Plan:
* I want to know what type of paper airplane model will fly the farthest. I believe airplane design is very important when trying to see how far a paper airplane will fly. The different shape and narrowness or width as well as weight distribution are all factors in flight distance. So if I have a narrow paper airplane, a very wide one, and one in between, which on will fly the farthest? * The relevance of this experiment is similar to understanding a real airplane. Paper airplane models are derived from an actual plane these days. The design of an airplane has so much to do with distance, hang time, speed, and many other factors. Understanding the models I have chosen to make help me better understand the actual design of an actual airplane in some ways. * A little background information on paper airplanes is important to understand why people started making them in the first place. Paper airplanes are believed to be from Ancient China and Japan. The idea came from the art of folding paper, or better known as, origami. This concept became popular around 500 BCE in China, and within the next decade the paper airplane became popular as well. The Wright brothers actually used paper airplanes before they designed actual planes. Paper airplanes have improved over the years and have gained a lot in terms of flight performance. I am going to include two examples of other students and people that have done research or experiments with paper airplanes. The first one is in a paper, “Physics of Paper Airplanes”. In this paper the science behind paper airplanes is discussed in detail. I learned that the thing that makes paper airplanes actually go longer and “flow” through the air for a certain amount of time is called, “lift.” As stated in the paper, “Lift can only happen when in the presence of a moving fluid and air has fluid properties.” (– Anonymous, 2011).The second example of airplane research and experiments comes from Ken Blackburn, who is the Guinness world record holder for the longest lift time. The last record that was actually set was 27.6 seconds. Ken Blackburn stated, “October 8th, 1998, will be a date I long remember. On my tenth and last official throw, I could tell it would be a long flight. A long silent moment after the plane landed the official time was announced-27.6 seconds!” (Ken Blackburn, 2008)When there are paper airplane “competitions” everyone gets 10 tries to throw to get the best possible time and the highest time is the one taken. Who ever knew paper airplanes could be such a big thing! * My experiment design is not too complicated at all. I did some background research on different models of paper airplanes and found 3 that seemed to be used and repeated most often. These three models are completely different from one another seem to be the ones with the best results. For each model there was a step by step direction on how to assemble them. For this experiment the only material I needed to make the paper airplane was 3 pieces of 8’11 white printer paper. The three models I have chosen are all very different from each other. I have included instructions on how to create all three models I used in my experiment. * Model 1 is as follows:

1. Fold a sheet of paper exactly in half long-ways, and re-open it so you have a crease separating the two halves. 2. On one end on of the paper, fold each corner in towards the center to the point where the inside edges are even with the centerline crease. 3. The bottom edge of the corners that you just folded down should create a straight line across the page. Fold down at this line. 4. Fold the corners down again similar to what you did in step 2, but this time only the corners should meet in the middle - leave one to two inches of straight paper at the top. 5. Where the corners of the last folds meet, you will see the point of fold 3 poking out of the bottom. Fold it up and over the two corners. 6....

References: 1. Ken Blackburn, 2008.Ken Blackburn’s paper airplanes- Guinness record holder. Retrieved from
2. Author-Unknown, June 29th, 2011. “Physics of Paper Airplanes.” Retrieved from
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