Howard Fink — My Paper Airplanes

March 31, 2010

Blended Winglets on paper airplane

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The tapered wings mentioned in the spiroid posts lends itself perfectly to blended winglets.

The lack of sharp corners and thin tapered wings reduces both induced and parasitic drag.  This plane stays up.

First flight test:  I was able to fly figure-eights and have the plane return to my hand.  “Wow!  Good job!” from a passerby.  Launches into the wind gain about twenty to thirty feet of altitude; the plane  holds the wind well, flies steady and straight into the wind  and flies very fast downwind.  Plane recovers nicely from building hits.  Dihedral should be a little more than in the picture above.

I’ve tried two versions of the blended winglet:  taper in front and taper in back, and the taper in back, straight-up front flies better.

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