How to make a paper airplane that circles "endlessly"

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How to make a paper airplane that circles "endlessly"
“It took me about 35 takes”

Well, that answers that question. To get an airplane to fly endlessly, keep throwing it, in other words.

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Looks similar to the swallow style airplane I used to make.

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There was a toy in the late 60’s that was a ‘lunar lander’ type toy.
Basically a balloon with a little weighted ‘gondola’ type bottom.
You directed a air stream from a fan disguised as a satellite dish.
It would hover in the air stream and by cranking the dish/fan you could direct its flight
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I’d say that’s almost a modern kinetic sculpture.

And I vividly remember learning how to make a plane exactly like that when I was around 12. I may even still have the book around here somewhere… (I may be back later.)

ETA - nope, sadly, that’s not one of my childhood books that stayed in my library. :disappointed:

I had that and loved it something fierce. Come to think of it, I had just about EVERY popular toy produced in the 60’s and early 70’s. May not have got them the year they were released but I eventually had 'em all.

I should have been more appreciative. :confused:

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