I Never Was a Master of the Paper Airplane
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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• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@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?
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.
• United States
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.