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This is how you make the perfect paper aeroplane 

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Always wanted to know how to make the perfect paper aeroplane? We have asked a true expert for you. 

The paper aeroplane elite will meet in “Hangar-7” in Salzburg on May 8-9 for the final of Red Bull Paper Wings

More than 46,000 self-trained pilots have put their extraordinary skills to the test in 535 tournaments across four continents to see who will make it to the world’s top paper plane contest. The winners will now get to represent their country in the final and compete against the best in the world by creating some of the most spectacular flying machines. 

But how do you make the perfect paper aeroplane?

No two paper planes are the same. A tiny arch in the paper, the slightest difference in the fold - and two supposedly identical flying objects react differently when in the air. The majority of us probably spent a lot of our youth making paper planes, learning new techniques and trying to see who could land that perfect shot on the teacher’s head, or get a breath-taking loop-the-loop locked down. We all wanted to create the perfect paper plane, but it is harder than you think. 

This search for the perfect paper plane comes from the human desire to be able to fly, as well as the battle with one of the most complex areas of physics - aerodynamics. 

The most important thing to consider when trying to construct your perfect paper plane is the glide ratio (E): the flight distance divided by the height. A hang glider has a ratio between 10 and 15. That means: It can travel 10 to 15 metres per lost metre of altitude. The best paper planes in the world have approximately the same figures. Another thing that is very beneficial: strength in your arms! It is no coincidence that former quarterback, Joe Ayoob holds the world long throw record (69,1 m). 

If this all sounds a little too scientific for you we got Ryan Naccarato, winner of the 2012 Red Bull Paper Wings competition to reveal a few tricks of the trade.

Watch him show you how to make the perfect boomerang plane in our video below! 

 

The boomerang

Make the perfect boomerang-plane with the help of Ryan Naccarato, Red Bull Paper Wings winner 2012 

A sheet of plain A4 paper, an idea and that’s it. On May 8th and 9th the paper aeroplane elite meets up in Salzburg’s Hangar-7 for the final of Red Bull Paper Wings and the three disciplines: flight distance, aircraft duration, aerobatics. 

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