I first became interested in airplanes when I was about twelve years old. Every time I went to the dentist, I selected a simple styrofoam airplane from the treasure chest. I enjoyed playing around with the wing placement to see how it would affect its flight.
For Christmas in 1996, I received The World Record Paper Airplane Book written by the world record holder of the longest indoor paper airplane flight, Ken Blackburn. This book explained why paper airplanes fly and crash, and what makes a good airplane design. I enjoyed folding and flying the designs in the book.
It wasn't until February of 1997 that I started designing my own planes. My cousin Alan was also into paper airplanes and was making up his own planes. I thought to myself, "How hard could that be?" and designed my first plane, the High Glider.
From there I just took off and made up many airplane designs, learning that I could tweak them so that anything I came up with would fly straight and smoothly.
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This design is a variation on the dart, the most common paper airplane that exists. This one has more weight in the nose and two flaps that increase both lift and drag. The folds in this one are a little bit tricky.
When I designed this airplane I was folding a lot of origami which requires square sheets of paper. So I would cut a letter size paper to suit and I ended up with many strips of paper 2.5 x 8.5 inches in size. I wanted to use these leftovers, so I created this airplane.
This is a very stable aircraft that flies "upside-down." You can get good loops and turns as well as straight flights out of this one. I got the idea for the shape from the A-wing fighter in Star Wars.