Howard Fink — My Paper Airplanes

August 11, 2010

Flying Hand-In-Hand

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This was the first barnaby modification.  I saw that legal-size paper wasn’t much used for paper airplanes, and wondered if I could extend the wingspan of a barnaby with 8 1/2 x 14 inch paper.  The result wasn’t very satisfactory.  The planes were too “floaty,” they would not do any maneuvers and were difficult to make perfectly.  The longer wings tended to twist.

Along the lines of paper dolls, I folded up a sheet of legal size paper to make two barnabys at one time. This worked out fine:  the double keel and double tail keeps the plane on course, the plane has extra adjustment by flattening or deepening the keels, and the plane can fold up and fit in a pocket.  Use a half-envelope as a sleeve.  When you make one from letter size stock, it will fit in a wallet.

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A version made very light flew across a thirty-foot lobby with just a flick of the wrist.  It never landed, just hit a window, still flying about two feet off the ground.  I flew one of these out an eighth floor window on Fifth Avenue at Twentieth Street, and watched it fly out of sight, slowly rising over Chelsea.

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