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A Paper Airplane Expert Demonstrates Why His Creations Fly So Well

A Paper Airplane Expert Demonstrates Why His Creations Fly So Well

Almost anyone can make a paper airplane, but very few can turn their paper airplanes into masterpieces of science and art. John Collins, aptly dubbed “the Paper Airplane Guy,” has become an expert of such caliber after spending decades studying paper-folding techniques and the mechanics of flight. In a recent story for Wired, Collins demonstrated some of his most famous paper airplanes and treated viewers to a lesson on how each variation takes flight.

In the video, Collins shows off the abilities of his planes, and explains how the different folds and curves guide their flight paths. Collins readily admits his Bat Plane design was largely an accident, but the way its wings appear to flap in the air have made it one of his most memorable creations.

Collins is also the author of The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book, which features removable foldout planes and instructions on how to make them. And if that still seems out of reach, then the next video should prove to be useful to anyone who is willing to learn. Collins shows fans how to make five of his most popular paper airplanes: the Boomerang, the Boomerang 2, the Bat Plane, the Tumbling Wing, and his World Record Plane, which he calls “Suzanne.”

To follow along with Collins’ instructions for four of the planes, visit Wired. You can also check out Collins’ official site.

What do you think about the Paper Airplane Guy and his amazing creations? Take a flight of your own down to the comment section below!

Image: Wired

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