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Paper Airplane Build-off
Monday 2 April 2007

For some reason or another we became quite nearly fixated on building paper airplanes during lunch. They were produced by the dozens over a period of nearly three weeks. Josh decided that he would bring in all sorts of art supplies and poster board for a massive paper airplane build-off with each person having at their disposal all the tools necessary for killer paper airplanes. Sounds good, right? Well, seems that on that particular day there wasn't much entheusiasm for plane building, so it was maybe all for nought.

Attendees: Josh Gulch, Ian Malcolm, James Malcolm, Charles Meyer, Paul Arquette, and Russ Ladd.


Anything is possible in this day and age Josh wanted to build a paper biplane so he brought a bunch of straws to serve as wing struts. James fashioned a snorkle for the entirely possible event of a flash flood.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The glider is now in the Smithsonian Paul was the only person to build a functional airplane. This was his stub-nosed design that he build a small-scale prototype of the week before. Here James prepares to launch it from the balcony where it flew quite well.

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But then so were biplanes Charles decided to show Josh up by building a biplane in a shorter amount of time. It wasn't a bad effort, if a little flimsy.

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Practice makes perfect It took a few attempts to work out how to fly the biplane.

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It could have used elevators Unfortunately, Chaz's biplane had a habit of flipping tail over nose during flight.

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Chuck Yeager would be pleased Ian's airplane was a jet-age construction of science and aerodynamics.

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Science doesn't lie, after all The rings on the sides work splendidly when separated from the aircraft, so they should provide enough lift, right?

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Ian's no Orville Ian's plane had a nasty tendency to suddenly swing down by the nose, no matter how many revisions he made to the design.

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I'm not sure it was worth the effort, curses, and blood loss Josh never finished his biplane, but here's how far he got on it. It would certainly be farther along if it wasn't necessary to build the fuselage three different times. The upper wing wouldn't be mounted to the fuselage but would instead be held upright by support struts.

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Sadly, Charles' was too cumbersome to hang on to for the rest of the day Ian and Paul's airplanes. Ian's was perhaps too revolutionary but the ideas are sound. Paul's is a variant on tradition, which actually improved its flight characteristics.

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Vote Skorkle in '08 The big plane that started it all, Kim folded this on 26 March. It bears the signage of the Skorkle Air Force, under the control of the Dark Lord of Definitions. Hail Skorkle.

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Engaged 17 May 2007 | Updated 17 May 2007