Everyone has made paper aeroplanes and we all once have been full of expectation of the one that will never hit the ground, just keep going. But unfortunately, the planes we put high hopes on usually fall flat on the ground within a couple of seconds.

The record for a paper aeroplane remaining in the air is 27 seconds, would you believe? But this was no fluke. Ken Blackburn was his name and he was an aeronautical engineer. Imagine what kind of plane you could produce if you knew the main principles of flight or how to design the perfect paper aeroplane.

The same rules apply for building a paper aeroplane as for a real aeroplane, and the same principles of flight apply. Mmmmmmmm!!!!

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Produced and Designed by Humphrey Jones, Gorey Community School, Ireland, 2004