Paper airplanes

I have always been fascinated with heavier-than-air flight.

Aware of this, family gave me a box of paper airplane projects, one airplane per day over a year. The product is meant to be a desk calendar. Today I did the paper airplane for March 25, 2019 – two years late. But this is because I have found a better use for it beyond a mere desk calendar: Making an airplane out of a flat sheet of paper is tonic to the tired brain. A paper airplane a day drives the boredom away.

Some models fly extremely well while some are better to look at rather than launch into the air. Some are easy to fold while others require patience and finger dexterity to execute. The heading picture above represents my best efforts.

Taking a break from studying. A box of “Paper Airplane – Fold a Day Calendar” designed by Kyong Lee and David Mitchell (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

An airplane a day, from the most recent to the oldest
March 7, 2021
Prep difficulty: 3 of 5; Launch: medium speed; Flight: roll; unpredictable

March 5, 2021
Prep difficulty: 4 of 5; Launch: slow speed; Flight: adjust flight surfaces for level flight, slow short distance

March 3, 2021
Prep difficulty: 3 of 5; Launch: medium speed; Flight: adjust wings for level flight, medium speed
March 2, 2021
Prep difficulty: 4 of 5; Launch: better for display

March 1, 2021
Prep difficulty: 2 of 5; Launch: fast upwards; Flight: fast, level

February 28, 2021
Prep difficulty: 3 of 5; Flight: better for display

February 27, 2021.
Begin upper left, then clockwise; Prep difficulty: 2 of 5; Launch: medium speed; Flight: fast, level

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