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The World Record Paper Airplane Book

The World Record Paper Airplane Book

Spring 2007 Doing & Learning
Ages: 9 & Up
Author: Ken Blackburn
Author: Jeff Lammers
ISBN: 0-7611-4383-1
Hardcover Price: $15.95
This revised new edition of the popular paper-airplane book soars with 112 ready–to–crease airplanes based on 20 very cool and colorful designs–all of them easy enough for young paper–plane pilots to cut out of the book, fold according to directions and toss into the air.

The co-authors are gurus in the world of amateur aerodynamics. Aerospace engineer Blackburn holds the Guinness World Record for paper airplane tossing “time aloft,” and Lammers is an engineer and part-time pilot. Together they share folding and tossing secrets that will make anyone into a paper–airplane connoisseur. Learn some basic aerodynamics. Even find out why paper airplanes crash.

But this book isn't about educational text; it's about educational experience and the thrill of flight. The real stars here are the paper airplanes themselves. From the Stunt plane to the Eagle, and the Space Shuttle replica to a Hammerhead, this book is fueled by science and fun. If you thought paper airplanes were for throwing at the back of the head of the kid sitting at the front of the class, think again.

Don Oldenburg   ©2007 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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