Questions tagged [paper-airplane]

A (usually small and unpowered) aircraft made from paper.

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How do paper airplanes create lift if their wings are flat?

Paper airplanes' wings are completely flat, unlike the droplet shaped curvature of a full sized wing. How does a flat wing generate any lift if both sides have the same air pressure?
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Is it possible to build a paper airplane that will enter a fully developed spin?

Some students learn best when they can see aerodynamic principles in action. I'd really like to be able to show a student how a spin occurs. Is there a way to make a paper airplane that will enter a ...
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Do paper airplanes fly like normal airplanes do? [duplicate]

After a while of researching, I found that nobody actually knows how paper airplanes work and after experimenting myself, I can't really find much about it. If anybody does, have a good answer and has ...
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How does a ring paper airplane fly for a long distance?

My friend showed me something which he called the glider. At a first look, it looks like it will crash, but it flew quite well: I was surprised to see it go about 25 meters (82 feet), as it was ...
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How can I properly model paper airplane physics? [closed]

I am working on a game involving flying and steering a paper airplane for WP7. I want the plane to fly just like how normal paper airplanes (online game) but I can't seem to find an equation for how ...
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Why does a slight elevation on the wings of a paper plane makes it go farther? [closed]

See the images of several of the best paper-planes. Notice that their wings are slightly elevated, than a normal paper-plane. That is just what happens with me as well, a little elevation on the wings ...
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Why simple paper planes fly better than most "realistic" paper plane models?

Just a A4 paper sheet folded into a plane seems to fly decently. But a model of actual (big) plane made out of paper is only good at falling... What is different for paper planes? Are there "modern ...
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Are walkalong gliders based on the principles of ground effect?

Does a walkalong glider stay aloft because of ground effect (caused by the paddle), or for some other reason?