I Never Was a Master of the Paper Airplane

@Corbin5 (116462)
United States
September 23, 2018 9:55am CST
Paper airplanes, or paper gliders, were made from parchment paper starting around 500 BCE in China and in Japan. Origami, paper folding, was all the rage back then, so some very good paper airplanes and paper gliders were made by some very skilled hands. Leonardo Da Vinci made quite a few paper gliders, as did the Wright Brothers, for knowledge-of-flight purposes. Even the co-founder of the Lockheed Corporation made paper airplanes to aid in creating new and better aircraft. When I was in school, paper airplanes would sale across the classroom on occasion. It was always some guy who launched a paper airplane in class, much to the dismay of the classroom teacher. It seems that the guys were the masters of paper-airplane making and flying. I tried making a paper airplane or two, but my attempts produced paper airplanes that usually did a nosedive when launched. Photo: By Ushakaron [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons
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@MALUSE (43660)
• Uzbekistan
23 Sep
I've always been good at working with paper. My paper airplanes always flew although I'm not a boy! :-)
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
You were a master of those paper airplanes!
@MALUSE (43660)
• Uzbekistan
24 Sep
@Corbin5 Or a mistress? :-)
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
@MALUSE Yes, a mistress of those paper airplanes!
@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Sep
I never tried a paper plane. I don't ever remember boys in my school making them. Was the paper plane the wright brothers made silmilar the plane they made to fly?
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I think the Wright brothers used many designs they tested in their very own wind tunnel. Not sure which one was the inspiration for their first flight.
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Sep
@Corbin5 That it amazing how the Wright Brothers did that. Can you imagine what the world would be like without planes? i wonder if other great inventors dod things that seem so simple like the paper airplane and change history?
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
@Marty1 I am sure many inventions came from something so very simple. All the experimenting with all kinds of things really had to be worthwhile.
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@snowy22315 (52935)
• United States
23 Sep
I could never get the folds right. I feel your pain. I would get the first part of it..and then forget how the rest of it was supposed to be folded.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
Me too!! I remember my brother sometimes adding paperclips to his paper airplanes for weight or something like that.
@1hopefulman (32574)
• Canada
23 Sep
I made quite a few planes when I was young and learned how to have fun with them.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I remember it was the boys who were more interested in the paper-airplane making. My sister and I played with paper dolls.
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@1hopefulman (32574)
• Canada
24 Sep
@Corbin5 Did you also throw the paper dolls at people to annoy them?
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
@1hopefulman Nope, those paper dolls didn't have a lot of lift.
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@Juliaacv (33400)
• Canada
23 Sep
There was always a paper airplane or two that would make it across the classroom each year while I was in school too. And as soon as the first one landed, there would be a new rule added to the class code of ethics, and it usually surrounded the fact that we were in a classroom which was a no-fly zone. I could never make one to take flight without crashing awfully quickly.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
Mine were the quick-crash kind too. When I taught, I had a few paper airplanes launched by someone in class every now and then. I was not happy about that, but should have asked the maker to show me how to create a good paper airplane.
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@LadyDuck (177117)
• Switzerland
23 Sep
I like to work with paper and my planes were pretty good, better than those of my brother.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
It is nice when a sister has skills that are better than her brother's skills.
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@LadyDuck (177117)
• Switzerland
24 Sep
@Corbin5 It was a big satisfaction to beat my brother.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
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@Courage7 (16553)
• United States
23 Sep
I loved to make these planes Deborah and as far as I can recall I made them very well and made them for my younger siblings too
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
You had skills in the paper-airplane department!!
@Courage7 (16553)
• United States
23 Sep
@Corbin5 My Dad RIP was the best though haha How did you learn to make them?
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
@Courage7 My brother showed me how to make them, but I never was as precise as he was in making them.
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@Morleyhunt (21017)
• Canada
23 Sep
Your paper airplane sounds like mine. I get the prize for the shortest flight.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
My flights were really short too!
@Morleyhunt (21017)
• Canada
24 Sep
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@Athinker (2582)
• Jaipur, India
23 Sep
Actually I am expert in mAking paper airplane
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I am so proud that you have reached that expert status!!! I need to practice.
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@Athinker (2582)
• Jaipur, India
24 Sep
@Corbin5 yes I am doing this since childhood
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@sharon6345 (138772)
• United States
23 Sep
I made quite a few out of construction and loose leaf paper.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
My brother used to make them for us which is a good thing because my sister and I never caught on to making ones that would fly.
@sharon6345 (138772)
• United States
24 Sep
@Corbin5 oh, that was good that you had them. I loved coloring them.
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@amadeo (73473)
• United States
23 Sep
made this many times in class room.Yes I got scolded.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I had a feeling you would be one of those boys who did that. I am glad the teacher scolded you for doing that. You should have been focusing on your lessons.
@myklj999 (18374)
23 Sep
I can make a few different styles, the ones that fly arrow-straight and some that loop and dip and dive all over.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
You have skills in the paper-airplane department!
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
23 Sep
I own up to being that naughty boy in your class!
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I had a feeling you would have been one of those boys who decided to launch a paper airplane in class. You should have been paying attention to your lessons.
@Icydoll (24724)
• India
23 Sep
You are bringing those old wonderful memories back..I used to do a lot paper planes . it was very fun.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
I am so glad you had fun with those paper airplanes.
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@ridingbet (59621)
• Philippines
24 Sep
sometimes paper planes do make nose dives so we had our own style of ''lifting the planes up when we let them glide with the wind''. we exhale some air from our mouths fronting the paper plane's 'nose', and then let them fly high'.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
Well, thank you for that handy tip. I am going to try to make one. If I follow the directions for making one, perhaps it will fly.
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@ridingbet (59621)
• Philippines
26 Sep
@Corbin5 hahahah! that was our style when we were still kids. but i don't know if it was effective. also, we can add another fold at the wings to have more 'altitude' flying.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
26 Sep
@ridingbet Those paper airplanes sure can get complicated!
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@id_peace (7633)
• Singapore
24 Sep
I don’t have talent to build a paper plane that can fly very far
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
I am going to try and make one. I will follow the directions I find online and maybe I will make one that actually flies.
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@id_peace (7633)
• Singapore
25 Sep
Do let us know the distance it can fly
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
25 Sep
@id_peace Will do. I will challenge my husband in a flying contest. Hope my paper airplane wins.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep
I never had much success with paper airplanes either! I am responsible for many a paper airplane crash @Corbin5 , it was safer to leave it to those who could do it justice.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
Yes, I had a lot of crashes too. My brother would make them for my sister and me, and that was fun because his would fly.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
24 Sep
@Corbin5 I am glad your brother made them for you and your sister
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
@bluesa He teased us a lot, but he was and still is a good big brother.
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@louievill (19723)
• Philippines
23 Sep
I am quite good at it and could do several designs, my standard is just slightly different from the one in the video.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
23 Sep
Oh, you must have had a lot of fun with all those designs. I only tried one design and it did not fly well at all.
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@louievill (19723)
• Philippines
24 Sep
@Corbin5 if it nose dives the head is heavy and lacks lift so raise the wings higher. I taught the art to my children.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
24 Sep
@louievill Thank you for that tip! I am going to try to make a paper airplane. It just may fly.
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@mesbakh (2681)
• Indonesia
25 Sep
i am good at it and i used to sue all paper
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
25 Sep
So glad you make paper airplanes that do really well!
@mesbakh (2681)
• Indonesia
26 Sep
@Corbin5 thank you buddy
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• Anchorage, Alaska
25 Sep
i hav'nt been all that great at making paper airplanes. when i tried to make them they didn't always fly very far.
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@Corbin5 (116462)
• United States
25 Sep
I will give making a paper airplane another try soon. I will follow the directions on how to make one this time.
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• Anchorage, Alaska
26 Sep
@Corbin5 cool. sounds like another good crafts project to work on.
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