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The World Record Paper Airplane Book with Otherby Ken Blackburn
Synopses & Reviews
It’s the classic, world’s bestselling paper airplane book, grounded in the aerodynamics of paper and abounding with fun. The World Record Paper Airplane Book raises paper airplane making to a unique, unexpected art. This new edition boasts four brand-new models: Stiletto, Spitfire, Galactica, and Sting Ray. Added to its hangar of proven fliers—including Valkyrie, Hammerhead, Vortex, Condor, Pterodactyl, and, of course, the famous World Record Paper Airplane—that makes twenty airworthy designs. Each is swathed in all-new, attention-grabbing graphics and is ready to tear out, fold, and fly. There are at least five models for each design and all-important instructions for how to adjust and throw each plane for best flight.
But the planes are just the beginning. The book features tons of cool information on aerodynamics, competitions, and designing your own high-performing models. Readers will learn why paper airplanes fly (and why they crash), the history of Ken Blackburn’s world record, and how to organize and win contests. Also included is a flight log and pull-out runway for practicing accuracy.
Mixing science, innovation and enthusiasm, this book is an everything-you-need resource for beginners and experienced flyers alike. It features 16 models, including the basic dart and its variations, one chopper and the square flyer that holds the world record.
Now completely revised and expanded, with new models, new full-color graphics, and new know-how, this is the irresistible bestseller that marries the fun of making paper airplanes with the hard science of aeronautical engineering. The result? The perfect collection for novice and frequent flier alike. It features:
•A hangar's worth of different designs, from the basic dart to a biplane, autogyro, and the famous World Record Paper Airplane
•112 ready-to-fold airplanes with attention-grabbing full-color graphics
•An improved and expanded primer on the principles of flight, including weight vs. lift, drag vs. thrust, and adjustments for greater stability
• Everything you need to know about the all-important throw--how to match throwing technique with the right model
•Aerobatics: how to perform circles, loops, dives, and other stunts
• How to organize (and win!) paper airplane contests
•Plus a flight log and pull-out runway
Combining the fun of making a piece of paper fly with the science of aeronautical engineering, here is an all-you-need (and then some) book for beginners and experienced flyers alike. Written with soaring enthusiasm by the world-record holder, it includes:
It's everything you need to top 18.80 seconds. If you dare.
About the Author
Ken Blackburn has been fascinated with aviation since he was an eight-year-old frequenting the aviation section of his library in North Carolina. He first broke the world record for paper airplane time aloft in 1983 when he was a junior at North Carolina State University, with a 16.89 flight. After graduating magnum cum laude with a degree in aerospace engineering, Blackburn broke the record again. In February 1994, he broke the record yet again with a time of 18.8 seconds. When not braking records, he is also an aerospace engineer for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis.
Table of Contents
Introduction: History of the World Record Paper Airplane
A Whirlwind Tour of Aerodynamics
Making a Paper Airplane
Best-Bet Throwing Techniques
The Art of Aerobatics
Folding and Fine-Tuning Instructions
The Hangar--The Planes Themselves
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