Paper Planes Take Flight

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What kid doesn’t enjoy the thrill of folding an ordinary piece of paper into a cool airplane to sail through the air? And it’s even more fun if Mom and Dad get in on the action. John M. Collins’ new book, The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book (Ten Speed Press; March 2013; $16.99), is a must-have. Collins, who is the guy who designed the Guinness World Record-breaking distance paper airplane — named Suzanne, which flew 226 feet, 10 inches! — serves up 22 designs. And these aren’t grade-school variety. These are ones featuring much precision and focus on aerodynamics. Step-by-step instructions come with photos and illustrations, and in the back of the book, readers can tear out 16 airplane models on regulation-weight paper stock. In addition, the book offers folding and throwing techniques along with an explanation of the physics of how things fly. Hours of fun are waiting to be had!




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