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The ultimate 'paper airplane'?

Grey Havoc

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http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-45-foot-paper-airplane-glides-over-arizona-desert-20120323,0,7676956.story

http://greatpaperairplane.org/


Although a certain Japanese project may already have a strong claim to that title.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5938.0.html

http://pinktentacle.com/2008/10/photos-of-jaxas-origami-space-shuttles/
 

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drop test of 800 Lb (363 kg) paper airplane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6uN3LiJqAo&feature=player_embedded
 

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Not exactly, what we understand by the term "paper plane", I think, rather a RC-model
made from cellulose containing materials. Would be more interesting to see, up to which size
a "real" paper plane coiuld be build, using just standard paper as construction material.
 

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It'd also be interesting to discuss the aerodynamically optimal paper airplane that can be folded from an 8x10 without cutting.

I did a lot of work on this as a kid and always wanted to complete an article on it.
 

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Avimimus said:
.. optimal paper airplane that can be folded from an 8x10 without cutting.
Ah yes, it's that condition, that somewhat spoils my favourite type, although it's really a classic.
But it can't be made from just a single sheet , but you need another strip of paper for the tail.
Honestly, we made more than one contest on job, especially when we sat in a higher building ...
 

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Jemiba said:
Avimimus said:
.. optimal paper airplane that can be folded from an 8x10 without cutting.
Ah yes, it's that condition, that somewhat spoils my favourite type, although it's really a classic.
But it can't be made from just a single sheet , but you need another strip of paper for the tail.
Honestly, we made more than one contest on job, especially when we sat in a higher building ...

When I was a kid my friend's dad use to make one similar to that but it was a delta. Could never figure out how to make it.
 

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sferrin said:
When I was a kid my friend's dad use to make one similar to that but it was a delta. Could never figure out how to make it.
My father tried to teach me that once or twice, but as he wasn't that patient (and I wasn't that skilful) I later
learned it from a friend at school.
Without the tail and maybe by using a square sheet of paper, you can turn it into a delta. This instruction
( http://www.zum.de/Faecher/Materialien/leupold/falten/flieger.htm )is in German, sorry, but I think, the
photos already are quite helpful.
 

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Having seen the controlled crash or the crash, I am not exactly impressed. I would think remaining in one piece would be required for a flight to have taken place.
 
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