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Make Some Wild Paper Airplanes on #NationalPaperAirplaneDay

May 26th is National Airplane Day! Learn more here: NationalPaperAirplaneDay.org


Head on over to Fold ‘N Fly for a huge catalogue of paper airplane designs, from the classic Basic Dart to the gnarly Tailed Plane and the acrobatic Origami Plane.


Learn how John Collins folded his world record paper airplanes!


Adafruit’s own Dano Wall has a great paper airplane launcher project over in the Adafruit Learn System:

The science of paper airplane folding is a great way to learn about flight. This guide takes you through the process of building a motorized paper airplane launching platform. This can be used for fun, or as a standardized way to test different airplane designs.


X wing origami 7

If you are looking for something a little more complicated – check out  UFunk’s incredible tutorial for folding an origami X-wing spaceship from Star Wars! See the full tutorial!


From Scientific American, here’s a project to make a particularly odd looping design: the flying hoopster!

Paper airplanes are fun to make and fly. Most designs resemble miniature planes—made of folded paper, with wings, stabilizers and sometimes even flaps. These creations look like they are ready to soar. There are some designs, like the one you can try in this activity, however, that look so awkward one might imagine they would not fly at all. Find out if it will really soar!


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