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How to Throw a Paper Airplane – the Record-Breaking Way.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Usually, when you throw a paper plane, you do so by throwing it in the direction that you are facing.  If you’re normal like me, you’d throw it forward and a bit upward… then watch it crash shortly after.

Let 'er rip!

For some paper plane geniuses out there, that is the wrong way to do it.  Not if you want to keep your plane afloat as long as possible.  Simple solution, if you want your plane to stay up in the air as long as possible, throw it as far up as you can, then watch it glide down back to mother earth.

Hang time success requires a good mix of force, technique, and model.  You provide the force, this tutorial shows you the technique, and for the model.  You can use this record-breaking paper plane by Ken Blackburn.

Quick, go try it out!

StuffaGami: Record-breaking Paper Airplane by Ken Blackburn

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Let’s try something different 😉

Have you ever folded a paper plane that can stay in the air for at least 10 seconds?  How about 7?  5?  Yeah, me neither – I’ve tried but the best I’ve ever done is 2 to 3 seconds. LOL.

I came across this paper airplane pattern a few years ago.  It was designed by Ken Blackburn.  The plane held the Guinness Book of World Record for  time aloft for a number of years until Takuo Toda’s plane design posted a longer time in 2009.  Blackburn’s record was 27.6 seconds, Toda’s was 27.9 – talk about close.  Both planes beat my paltry3 second plane hands down.  Oh well.

Fold and Fly! Use letter or A4-sized paper. Any will do actually.

Ken’s site didn’t have folding instructions for the plane so I made my one based on his his instructions.  Hopefully it’s clear enough.  In case it is still unclear.  I looked around the net for for instructions and came across a video that shows how to fold the plane.  Go watch it.

I thought I’d try it this weekend.  I’m posting it in case you might like to try it too.

One last thing.  It seems that there is a way to properly throw a plane in order to achieve longer “hang” time.  Since I’m in a instructions-making mood, I’ve prepared a quick tut for you.  Check it out here.

That’s it for now.  Fold it, fly it, time it, then share it.  Post your record times people!

One last note.  In case you’re wondering, I’ll do a post on Toda’s plane soon.  Cheers!

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