The most perfect paper airplane origami method
A design team of young scientists in the UK made what they thought was the most perfect paper airplane, flying over 100 feet (30 meters) and with an idle time of around 20 seconds!
The paper aircraft, called the Avenger, strikes the perfect balance between complex aerodynamic anaerobic anaerobic principles and a simple design style.
“The paper Avenger was designed by Chris Sanders, 20, John Lewis, 19, and Jon Ward, 21, engineering students at the University of Leeds. Lewis said their design team tried to perfectly unify flight distance and lag time. He said: “The nose has been shown to be a major contributor to the failure of paper aircraft. Making a long, pointed nose is a mistake, it looks good to be good to look at, but lacks stability.”
The nose of the “Avenger” is not pointed, and is made stronger by folding it several times. This design makes for a more stable flight and does not throw the aircraft a few times and it will “fall to pieces”. Professor McIntosh believes that the location of the center of gravity is also very important. “The ideal center of gravity should be located about one-third of the fuselage from the tip of the nose.” Flaps on the rear wing of the fuselage allow airflow to pass at a greater angle, thus helping to increase flight altitude.
According to some flight experts, the following lofty principles should be observed to ensure smooth flight of paper aircraft.
*The heavy front end design ensures flight stability, and the nose is secured with paper clips to allow the aircraft to fly farther.
- If the aircraft is overweight due to the nose, adjust the tail end of the wing and slightly fold it upwards.
- The centre of gravity should be positioned forward to prevent the aircraft from swaying.
- The wing should be angled upwards so that the aircraft looks like a “Y” from the front.
- Small wing tips help reduce flight drag.
*:: Look down at the front of the aircraft, check for symmetry and refold if necessary; complete asymmetry will not achieve smooth flight.
*:: Patience and fine-tuning are more important than radical changes to the basic design.