Rules: Make a paper airplane from a single sheet of 8.5 X 11 white paper.

            Calculate its lift, by using Bernoulliís formula:

            (For a 6 degree angle of attack, it works out to Weight/Area=.38 v^2)


Try to make a plane that will:  fly the farthest, stay aloft the longest.

Keep track of your trials, the revisions youíve made each time, and other pertinent information.


Make a DETAILED summary of why you think your plane flew as it did and how the improvements you made helped. THIS IS A WRITTEN LAB REPORT!!!


PLANE NAME and Significant Design Details

Trial and flight details

Distance in m

Time Aloft




















































Making Paper Airplanes -


Kool Paper Airplanes - Shuttle, unusual, and simple designs - 



Alex's Paper Airplanes -


Airplanes plus free NASA downloads and aviation alphabet -


Paper Airplanes from the Exploratorium -



Paper Airplanes Theme Page - lots of links to paper planes



Fly'N Things - Amazing Paper Airplanes - in color



Paper Airplanes from PCHelp Group -


Joseph Palmer's Paper Airplanes -


Gander Academy's Paper Airplanes page -


Best Paper Airplane in World from Costa Rica        


Using paper airplanes to learn about variables -