Do it yourself: how to make the world's fastest paper airplane

John Collins approaches the creation of his paper planes with the scrupulousness of a true engineer. “Every paper airplane is a little scientific experiment, ” he says. “You make an assumption about which design and which“ settings ”will be better, conduct an experiment - throw - and then you get the results and analyze them.”

Among Collins' projects, there are airplanes returning like boomerangs, or that can hang in the air for a long time, slowly soaring. But his main hit was the Suzanne scheme, which the author named in honor of his beloved wife. A plane with this name set a record that has been holding for five years, since February 2012, when the competition was hosted by the US Air Force base McClellan in California.

Despite the impressive stability of the flight, the scheme is very simple and requires only eight folds. The author himself is so confident in the perfection of his design that he promises $ 1000 to anyone who can break the record. A series of attempts can be expected from the first in the United States National Paper Aircraft Competition, which Collins is still raising funds for.

Folding Tips by John Collins

  • It is optimal to use A4 paper with a density of 100 g / m2.
  • Check the sheet for clearance, whether there are gross violations of texture in it.
  • Iron the folds with a hard object, making them as sharp as possible.
  • Watch for strict symmetry, especially in the bow and tail.

The article “Champion on paper” was published in the magazine Popular Mechanics (No. 2, February 2017).


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