By Richard Teahon
Paper aeroplanes are really gliders that glide on air. There shape is aerodynamic, which means it allows air to pass around it easily. The more air that can pass around your shape, the faster your shape will travel.
Did you know that in some countries, aeroplane is spelt airplane?
Paper areoplanes are easy to build and easy to fly! Here is a famous model:
The Harrier, as you can see is a sleeking looking paper aeroplane, and is considered to be very good for stunts. By bending the wings in certain ways, will make the plane spin and loop. When planes do this in the sky it is called areobatics.
How to make the Harrier
To make the Harrier
Take a piece of A4 paper and fold it in half length ways
Unfold the piece of paper, and you will see you have a fold, like a line right down the middle. Taking one of the top corners, and fold it so that it meets the fold in the middle. This should make a triangle shape.
Once this is done, do the same with the other side so that it looks like the picture below. As you can see, it looks like a house.
Fold the point at the top so that it looks like an envelope.
Then fold the corners so that they meet in the middle, and do the same for both sides. You should have a small triangle- a flap, at the bottom.
Now fold that small triangle upwards.
Turn the plane over, and fold the plane in half.
Then carefully fold down the wings from the front of the plane as shown. Don’t forget to do both of them, and match the wings to give you an even shape. This is more important than having a straight edge.
Your Harrier is ready to fly!
If this is hard to follow, try watching the video.
How far can The Harrier travel? What happens if you bend the left wing?
Now you can make The Harrier, why not try and make The Bulldog Dart? Which one is best.
Instructions easy to follow? Let me know.