Before we show you the awesome tutorials, did you know that "the most significant use of paper models in aircraft designs were by the Wright brothers between 1899 and 1903, the date of the first powered flight from Kill Devil Hills, by the Wright Flyer?" That's right, the Wright brothers built numerous paper models to test in their wind tunnel to gain knowledge of the forces which could be used to control an aircraft in flight. Continue reading to see more.
5 Interesting paper airplane facts:
- The longest UK (ex-World Record) duration of a flight by a paper aircraft, indoors, is 20.9 seconds. This was achieved by Chris Edge of British Aerospace Defense LTD, and Andy Currey from the Defense Evaluation Research Agency.
- The longest duration of a flight by a paper plane, indoors, is 27.6 seconds?. This was achieved by Ken Blackburn in the USA. Ken is one of the superstars of the paper aircraft world today and keeps all of us, all over the World, working hard to match his skills.
- The largest wingspan of a paper aircraft world record holder measures 40ft 10in (1.97m)? It was made by a team of students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
- The smallest paper airplane was made from origami paper. The smallest origami paper model of a Crane Bird was folded under a microscope using tweezers by a Mr Naito from Japan and was made from a piece of paper 2.9 mm square.
- A paper aircraft won't fly if you thrown it in space. There is no atmosphere and it would just float away in a straight line. With no gravity to pull it down, it would possibly fly on forever until it hit an object.
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