Paper Airplanes

Many school children and many adults have made at least one paper airplane. For a traditional plane, a single sheet of paper is symmetrically folded until it resembles a very pointy airplane. For those that take things a little farther, more sheets of paper are sometimes added. The folds and designs become more complex.

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What is the mass of a paper clip?

The mass of a paper clip is simply measured in grams.

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How do you make a paper airplane?

  • Take a piece of paper and fold it in half.
  • Unfold back to a full page and fold either end to a point by bringing each corner to the fold line. Should now look like a house if you stand it on the bottom edge.
  • Fold the point down towards the bottom. Start the fold at the "roofline" of your house shape, folding the 2 triangle shapes that make up the "roof" inward.
  • Fold the peak, approx. 1/2 inch, of your (former) roof back towards the sky and then back down.
  • Fold each corner of the "roofline" to the center of your "peak" fold and flip the peak fold up again. The peak fold should now be covering each corner of the "roofline".
  • Fold your plane again along its original (step 1) fold so the other folds are on the outside.
  • Fold each side down by bringing the "wing" edge to the bottom of the plane.
  • Now lift the wings back up carefully and visually create a sleek jet plane shape. The wings should be "up" slightly so the air can roll off the bottom of the plane sides and rear.
  • Gentle toss and it's off.

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  • Instructions for making paper airplanes are almost impossible to follow, unless illustrated in pictures or drawings. There are many, many books about making paper airplanes, and tons of different kinds of planes you can make. I recommend the books "The World Record Paper Airplane Book" and "Super Simple Paper Airplanes".
  • See the Related Links for "video showing how to make a paper airplane" or "Answers.com shows how to make a paper plane" to the left.

enjoy your paper airplane!

Take a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and fold it in half to create a 4.25 x 11. +2- Unfold back to a 8.5 x 11 and fold either end to a point by bringing each corner to the foldline. Should now look like a house if you stand it on the bottom edge. +3- fold the point down twords the bottom. Start the fold at the "roofline" of your house shape, folding the 2 triangle shapes that make up the "roof" inward. +4-Fold the peak, approx. 1/2 inch, of your (former) roof back twords the sky and then back down. +5- Fold each corner of the "roofline" to the center of your "peak" fold and flip the peak fold up again. The peak fold should now be covering each corner of the "roofline". +6- Fold your plane again along it's original (step 1) fold so the other folds are on the outside. +7- Fold each side down by bringing the "wing" edge to the bottom of the plane. +8- Now lift the wings back up carefully and visually create a sleek jet plane shape. The wings should be "up" slightly so the air can roll off the bottom of the plane sides and rear. +9- Gental toss and it's off.

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How far does a paper airplane fly up to?

across a fotball feild, but it hit the light.for real wow

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How do flaps on a paper airplane affect flight?

It allows it to take off and land

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What kind of symmetry does a paper airplane have?

Generally, it is optimal to make a paper airplane symmetrical. I am not sure I understand what you mean by type of symmetry. However, some paper airplanes can be designed to be asymmetric and remain straight flying.

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Why does a heavier paper airplane fly further than a lighter paper airplane?

The answer to this question is a matter of some fairly simple physics which I will try to explain to you.

First, you need to understand that most paper airplanes are not really airplanes. Airplanes fly because the shape of the wing produces lift; paper airplanes mostly fly as projectiles, meaning that they fly because you throw them.

The first reason that the lighter airplane might not fly as far is in the design. Typically, the lighter paper airplane will have larger wings, and therefore, more drag. Since it is virtually impossible to make the paper airplane perfectly symmetrical, one of the wings has more drag which causes the airplane to spin and crash short of its maximum possible distance.

The second reason is also related to the design. If you have a light airplane with more drag and a heavy airplane with less drag, the heavy airplane can fly much more easily. This is because the heavier airplane has less drag as well as more momentum to "push" through the air. On this note, a piece of paper crumpled into a ball will fly further than most paper airplanes I have seen just because is has lots of mass for the level of drag it induces. The crumpled piece of paper also will probably fly much straighter that the paper airplane too, just because it is fairly uniform in shape. At this point, we are completely ignoring lift; but at such a small scale with such light material, it works better that way due to the reasons above. Of course, if you put engines and control surfaces on the paper structure, you change the game entirely. Now it has to fly with lift instead of as a projectile otherwise it will crash because it has no control. This explains why real airplanes are not just big balls of metal.

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How does the design of a paper airplane affect its flight?

The weight of the paper. If you accumulate a lot of paper at one place (depending on the design) it could bring the airplane down faster than if you didn't accumulate so much paper in one place.

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How far will a paper airplane go off the Eiffel tower?

That would be a function of the glide ratio of the paper airplane in question.

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Can paper thickness affect a paper airplanes flight?

yes it can

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What Materials is need for making a paper airplane?

You just need paper.

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How many BTU in 1 sheet of paper?

One sheet of paper produces 1.163 miiliwatt hours, and 0.00396832 British thermal units (Btu).

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What is the trimming on an airplane?

An airplane flies in a state of balance of many forces that act upon it, mainly its flying surfaces. Due to such factors as weight distribution on board, wind direction and velocity, spin of propellers, if any, etc. the plane can tend to fly off course unless the pilot makes an input to the air control surfaces to counteract these forces which are usually very mild. So instead of the pilot having to constantly correct for a constant force trying to set the plane off course, like a mild wind coming from the side, the pilot manually corrects for the mild side wind and then sets the trim controls to do it for him so he, or she, doesn't have to constantly monitor this steady force.
You trim the control surfaces of the airplane such as the elevator so you don't have to keep applying pressure on the yoke and thereby keeping your arms from tiring.

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What are airplane propellers used for?

They are used to propel the airplane forward to get air moving across the wings. When air moves across the wings lift is created and you take off. Another interesting note: A propeller is an airfoil just like a wing is.

They make the airplane more versatile, less expensive, or both. A similar question is, "now that they have jet airplanes, why do they make propeller planes at all?" First, a propeller plane is less expensive than a jet. Let's give you six million dollars to buy an airplane, and make you buy new. $6 million gets you an entry-level jet. It will carry four executives if they restrict themselves to one suitcase each. The same $6 million will get you a Pilatus PC-12 or a Beech King Air B200, which are basically small airliners, or it will get you two EADS Socata TBM 850s, three Cessna Caravans, or three Piper Meridians. And that's just turboprops--$6 million will get you about a dozen piston planes. The other reason, and this is more important for a lot of operators, is that the propeller plane is more versatile than a jet. You can land on unimproved airstrips. You can land on top of mountains. In Mel Gibson's movie Air America there's a scene where he lands a Pilatus Porter on the side of a mountain--the real Air America pilots in Southeast Asia did that a lot. Jets, unless they're built for the military and equipped for rough airfield service, have to fly onto paved airstrips. Airbus is busy designing the A400 military transport. It has four turboprops. The drawback of a prop plane is that it can't be very fast--if you need a plane that flies faster than 400 knots, you need a jet. Prop planes don't fly as high as jets do; a King Air will fly up to 31,000 feet above sea level, while business jets routinely ply the skies above 41,000 feet. Propellers are not used to force air across the wing. they are used to create motion. In other word make the plane move and it's the resultant forward movement that moves air across the wing to create lift and get the plane off the ground

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Does changing the size of a paper airplane effect how far it will fly?

Yes.

There is an ideal size for a paper airplane.

As the size increases or decreases from this, the maximum distance travelled will decrease

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Does weight effect arrow flight?

good question go to where ever you shop for your arrrows and they should have a chart that tell u what your arrow weight should be . yes it does your less accurate and you are not getting all of the speed you can out of it and it falls faster.

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How does an airplane remain balanced in the air for a long time?

By keepingit's fuel evenly distributed in the fuselage. Using transfer pumps to transfer fuel from one tank to another.

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How to build a paper trebuchet?

To make a Trebuchet like Yesteryears, they used more then one component, wood, rope, metal, to make a trebuchet out of one component would be difficult if not impossible. BUT: your 2 fingers, a rubber-band, and a tight raped piece of paper is one way. If you want to mimic Trebuchet"s of old, spread glue on paper and roll it real tight for your up-rights, braces and arms, use string and glue to bind together, use a rubber-band for your resistance. You should have a picture to guide you. (I hope this helps)

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How many types of airplanes are there?

Airplanes vary greatly in the size, structure, engines, and purpose. That is hard to describe without further clarification of the question. But I think this is the answer you are looking for. Airship/Balloon - aircraft that is lighter than air. Glider/Sailplane - aircraft that has no engine. It flys using the energy of the air or launched by an external propulsion. Powered airplanes - various sub-types

-Human-powered airplane

-Solar-powered airplane

-Nuclear-powered airplane

-Propeller driven airplane

-Jet-powered airplane

-Rocket-powered airplane Helicopter/Rotorcraft - Main rotor provides lift and propulsion Autogyro/Gyroplane - main(top) rotor provides lift only. Requires another method of thrust to push it forwar, such as another propellor. Fixed Wing Bi-planes - I like to consider the old airplanes, such as the Wright Brothers, as a unique aircraft. They were built of wood covered with fabric and very fragile. But they are very much like modern airplanes in the way they fly. This points out how Aircraft can be categorized by how they are constructed. Fixed Wing Monoplanes - Most of today's commercial air transport aircraft are fixed wing monoplanes. 'Fixed wing' means that the wing does not move (in its entirety) and 'monoplane' means one set of wings. So the list can be endless.

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How does weight affect the distance a paper plane flies?

Aerodynamics teaches us that the heavier an object, the faster (more energy) is required across the wings to achieve lift. Moreso, the material that a plane is made out of has a limit to the amount of force it can handle. There will come a point where the plane can no longer overcome the force of gravity on it's mass.

it is heavier and fly lower it is heavier and fly lower it is heavier and fly lower it is heavier and fly lower more weght at the nose is better

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How much does a case of paper weigh?

Fifty pounds

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What airplane used the 5-54apq-13 radar?

I was an Radio/Radar repaiman in the Air Force and trained on the "Q-13" Radar, then worked on them at the AF Depot, Tinker AFB, Okla. It was the primary airborne radar system in the early - mid 50s. They were used on the B-17, B-36, XC-199 (Cargo version of the B-36), C-54, KC 97, C-119 and C-124 among others. The antenna was a parabolic dish that was mounted in the nose of the plane and swept back and forth, scanning 45 degrees in front of the plane. It could be switched to make a full rotation. At Tinker we used a bench mounted set to track Sputnic. We had to do a slight mod to extend the tracking distance from the normal 200 miles.

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Why is there an absolute ceiling for airplanes?

Because the air gets thinner with more altitude, and at some point the thin air can no longer give enough lift for airplanes to stay aloft.

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How can you make a landing pad for a simple egg that would keep it from breaking from 3 feet 6 feet and 9 feet you can only use 10 sheets of computer paper and 3 feet of masking tape?

Start by crumpling all the paper into a big ball. Use the tape to help you keep the crumpled papers together as best you can. You may have to experiment with varying degrees of paper compression. You may have more control of rigidity and landing if you fold the paper like an accordion bellows and layer them criss-cross. The tape could help you control rigidity. The more even surface may help keep the egg from breaking by bouncing or rolling off. Feet are also on your leg. You also walk with feet!!!!!

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How do you make a paper airplane that flies far?

keep trying to ajust the wings. Shaping them in different ways might help.

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How do they know how much an airplane weighs?

There are two methods for weighing airplanes. The first is to actually put the airplane on a set of scales, one under each wheel, and determine the weight that way. The other, common for large aircraft, is to calculate the weight. When a new aircraft is certified by the FAA, it is actually weighed at the factory and an empty weight is determined for each model. The aircraft weight is then recalculated for any changes made to that model. When an airline buys a fleet of the same model aircraft, it determines a basic operating weight (BOW) for the fleet. BOW is the empty weight of the aircraft with the weight of normal operational stores added. These include such items oil and other fluids, spare parts, galley stores, emergency equipment, normal crew, etc...basically, everything except fuel, passengers and cargo. When an aircraft is ready for a flight, its weight is determined by starting with the BOW and adding the actual weight of everything that has been added to the aircraft for that flight. These normally include the actual fuel load, the weight of the passengers (either actual weights if the flight is critical, or average weights if not), the actual or average weight of bags, and the actual weight of the cargo. The end result is the aircraft take-off gross weight (TOGW), which is then used to determine the expected performance of the aircraft (how high it will be able to fly, how fast, etc.). The en route fuel burn is calculated and then subtracted from the TOGW to get landing weight which is used to determine landing performance (how much runway will be needed, stopping distance, etc). Hope that helps.

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