Make a "perpetually"-flying paper airplane

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A walkalong glider is a type of model plane that's kept aloft, theoretically indefinitely, by someone walking along with it as it flies, generating rising air using a piece of cardboard, paddle, or even your body. Smithsonian Air & Space posted a template and instructions for making a simple paper walkalong glider. The plans come from a recent book by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe (better known as the Mentos and Diet Coke guys) titled "How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects."

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  1. A better resource for building a more stable flyer: www.sciencetoymaker.org/airsurf

    Slatter Harrison started with telephone book pages as shown on the Smithsonian site, but found them too dependent on humidity. So he start building them out of thin slices of foam. He posts some great videos and I use his resources to teach flight to my middle school kids every year.

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