Paper Airplane Gliders
Create Paper Planes That Glide Through The Air Nicely!
Learn how to make paper airplane gliders
What is an airplane glider?
There are many types of paper airplanes and one of them is gliders. Gliders are a bit different compared to a standard dart plane. To learn more about them, we have prepared for you easy-to-follow tutorials about this specific type of plane.
Darts Vs. Glider
Darts are the more common of all paper airplanes. With only around 5 simple steps, you can create a Dart airplane that can fly fast and long distances. Due to its narrow and sharp wings, swinging a Dart with the strongest force is the best method of flying it. This is why paper airplane racers often use Darts during competitions. Making the wings denser with multiple folds almost guarantees them a sure win.
While gliders have larger and wider wings. They are a bit more complicated to make because the wing is not folded in a traditional way. Some Glider wings are trimmed to enhance the flying capability, while some require specific paper dimensions to meet specific demands. Since Gliders have wider wings, they have more surface area to stay in-flight longer than Darts.
However, with paper airplanes, there is no one lesser than the other. Everyone and anyone can enjoy creating and flying paper airplanes regardless of age and craft skills.
How to make an airplane glider
Gather the materials you will need:
- Paper. All paper airplanes require basic paper. Gliders, however, are a much demanding craft. Some gliders need specific measurements depending on the specific build you want to achieve. The best thing to do is to search for what kind of Glider you want to create and draft out your own measurements.
- Ruler to smooth out edges and create straight creases. Any hard straight edge would do
- Transparent tape to keep a stronghold of folds.
- Coloring materials (optional)
Tips on how to fly an airplane glider efficiently:
- Use tape when necessary to help keep every fold in place. The additional weight will bear little difference since gliders rely mostly on the surface area of their wings to hold the flight. It’s best to use transparent tape so that the appearance of the paper plane looks neat.
- Make it special by decorating your glider with some coloring materials. You can doodle on it, add stickers, or use specialty/printed paper as the material for your paper plane.
- Test-run your airplane. Try to fly it multiple times, thrice as the minimum, measure the distances, and write them down for comparison. With this, you will have a basis on which of the airplane’s components to adjust.
We hope you learn something new
Have fun making your own glider!