Anyone who has ever thrown a small paper plane in class has wondered what it would be like if we could build a huge one. Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore because this YouTuber went ahead and did just that.
Nick Uhas built a giant foam paper plane, but he did so following some pretty strict guidelines. “I saw a video on TikTok of a huge paper airplane and thought it was awesome, so I went on YouTube and saw some other videos of people making these giant foam paper airplanes. The one thing I noticed, however, is that all of the planes had flat wings and did not have any airfoil shapes to their wings,” wrote Uhas in his video description.
“While flat wings do in fact create lift, the force keeping the plane in the air, having wings that are more in an airfoil shape is much more optimal for increasing glide distance (which is what we’re going for). There are a ton of physics for creating the perfect wing shape but today I wanted to take a stab at redesigning the giant foam “paper airplane” with a little added airfoil shape and see how it fairs being thrown off a huge mountain peak!”
How did his new design work? Well, you have to watch the video to find out for yourself.