Educators could easily use this versatile paper airplane to demonstrate:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
- Flight dynamics
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Step 2: Width, Fourth and Corner Folding
Step 3: Leading and Trailing Edge Preparation; Airfoil Taping
Measure 2.5 inches in from the trailing edge along the center crease, make a mark and then measure 2.5 inches outwards from the center crease along the trailing edge and make a mark. Then connect the two marks. Cut along this diagonal line.
After you have finished measuring and cutting what will be the counterweight, begin measuring the vertical fins. Find the point 0.75 inches ahead of the trailing edge along the wingtip and make a mark. From the wingtip measure 1 inch in and make a mark. Then from this mark, measure 1 inch inward (perpendicular to the trailing edge) toward the leading edge and make a mark. Then connect this mark to the one you just made on the wingtip. Then cut along this line.
Apply tape to the trailing edges of the airfoils to secure them. Once this is complete, the airframe should appear as it does in the last photograph.