# How do paper airplanes fly?

A: Paper airplanes glide through the air, relying on their initial altitude and weight to gently coast to the ground. They don’t have propellers or engines to create thrust, meaning they have no way to keep up enough speed for a long flight. The energy for the flight comes from the thrower of the paper airplane.

## What forces make a paper plane fly?

Like all planes, paper airplanes experience four forces: gravity, thrust, lift, and drag.

## What makes a paper plane fly well long and far?

Your hand is able to move more easily through the air at certain angles. The aerodynamics of a paper airplane will determine the distance and ease at which it flies. The aerodynamics of the plane will need to have little drag and be light enough to defy gravity. Paper airplanes also use the forces of lift and thrust.

## What makes a paper airplane fly accurately?

Paper—because it has the ability to hold a fold—can be made rigid. A fold that increases the height of the body of the plane will make a plane that resists drooping under gravity. Small folds at the back edge of the wing or the body allow you to control the flight of the plane.

## What are 3 facts about paper airplanes?

• LONGEST TIME. The longest time flying a paper aircraft is currently 29.2 sec and was achieved by Takuo Toda (Japan), in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan, on 19 December 2010.
• LONGEST DISTANCE.
• HIGHEST ALTITUDE THROW.
• LARGEST PAPER AIRPLANE.
• MOST CONSECUTIVE HITS.
• PAPER PLANE THROWN IN SPACE.

## What is the hypothesis of a paper airplane?

Hypothesis: The lighter paper airplane will fly the greatest distance because lighter material seems to stay in the air longer than heavier material. Procedures: Gather the materials listed above and cut the paper so that they are all the same size.

## Do heavier paper airplanes fly farther?

Changing Mass In the same way a rock that is thrown pushes its way through the air as compared to a cotton ball, a paper airplane with more mass flies faster and farther than a paper plane with less mass, up to a point. If the mass is too great, the wings can’t hold the plane in the air.

## What are the four forces of flight?

It flies because of four forces. These same four forces help an airplane fly. The four forces are lift, thrust, drag, and weight. As a Frisbee flies through the air, lift holds it up.

## Would a paper airplane work with no atmosphere?

Without air, the plane wouldn’t be able to fly. The is no air in space, and air is essential for paper airplanes to get the lift they need to fly. Because of that, you will not get lift in space. However, no air means no drag: nothing to slow that paper airplane down or cause it to fall.

## What to add to a paper airplane to make it fly farther?

1. Shorten the wings of your paper airplane to make it fly faster.
2. Lengthen the wings of your paper airplane to make it glide farther.
3. Fold the wings so they are at a dihedral angle.
4. Add weight to the front of the plane to increase its stability during flight.
5. Include trim tabs at the back of the plane’s wings.

## Do smaller paper airplanes fly farther?

The size and shape of its wings, particularly the main wing, affects its performance. A lightweight plane with large wings glides well but travels slowly, while heavier planes with smaller wings travel more quickly and cover larger distances.

## Where is the center of gravity on a paper plane?

FINDING THE CENTER OF GRAVITY Pick up your paper airplane and try balancing the fuselage on your index finger starting from the center. As most paper airplanes are nose heavy, it will likely fall forward. Move your index finger closer to the nose until you find the balancing point, this is the center of gravity.

## What type of paper airplane flies the farthest?

The paper airplane that stays up in the air the longest is the Stealth Glider. This design is fairly easy to fold, but a little tricky to adjust for long flights.

## How do paper airplanes reduce drag?

One of the keys to reducing drag on the paper plane is to have thin wings. This has to do with a paper plane’s Reynolds Number, which indicates the significance of the viscosity of the fluid (air) on flight.

## How long can a paper airplane stay in the air?

Do you think you can make one that is larger and can still fly? The longest that a paper airplane has ever stayed up in the air was 29.2 seconds. Try a few tests with your own paper airplane and record the time.

## Do paper airplanes generate lift?

When paper airplanes are thrown up, gravity pulls them down. This movement causes a difference of air pressure on the airplane wings, which then causes lift. Bernoulli’s Principle explains how a difference of air pressure is caused due to air moving faster on top of the wings than on bottom.

## What makes a plane go far?

Lift is produced by air moving over the wings. If there is more lift than gravity the airplane goes up. Lift can be controlled by changing the shape of the wings or speed of the air moving over them. The engines on an airplane produce a force called thrust that pushes an airplane forwards.

## How does weight affect flight of a paper airplane?

The larger the paper airplane the more it will weigh, the more it weighs the more lift will be needed to keep it flying. Eventually weight will become greater than lift and the paper airplane will descend to the ground. In addition the larger the paper airplane the larger its wings can be.

## What are 3 ways to make a paper airplane?

1. Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise.
2. Fold the top two corners down.
3. Fold the top corners to the center crease.
4. Fold the paper in half in a mountain fold.
5. Fold the wings down.
6. Fold the wings down again.
7. Fan out the wings.

## What is the responding variable in the airplane experiment?

The responding vari- able was the distance flown. A controlled variable in the experiment was the fact that the same plane was used for each trial. For each experiment below, specify the manipulated, responding, and controlled variables.

## What is the best material for a paper airplane?

The best paper for paper airplanes is construction paper. Construction paper is more durable than copy printer paper and is also heavier. This additional toughness improves aerodynamics, making it ideal for paper airplanes.

## What is the best shape for a paper airplane?

Fold the point of the triangle down. I’ve found that the plane performs best if the shape made by this downward fold is another perfect triangle. Don’t worry if your fold isn’t perfect–it should still work just fine as long as the shape you made closely resembles a triangle.

## Does the size of a paper airplane affect its flight length?

“Yes, wingspan will affect flight, however there will be a point where the size of the wingspan will create too much weight and drag to be effective. For a glider, which a paper airplane is the more lift the glider has the longer it can fly. However, you must keep the weight and drag in check to avoid flight failure.”

## What force causes planes to turn?

Centrifugal force is the “equal and opposite reaction” of the airplane to the change in direction and acts equal and opposite to the horizontal component of lift. This explains why, in a correctly executed turn, the force that turns the airplane is not supplied by the rudder.