So Close

Another test flight. Another day of hard lessons. This time, the helicopter took the 15-foot plane up even higher and flew it around, tethered by a cable, for about 10 minutes before releasing it. And it actually flew pretty well. Then it had a hard landing. But we’re chalking that up to a tangled drag chute during the release from the cable. We now know two things for sure: 1) The plane needs more elevation and a chute that won’t get caught again. 2) Doing something no one’s ever done before is hard. But man, it’s gonna be sweet to see that giant paper plane fly.

5 thoughts on “So Close

  1. […] this story is that the Desert Eagle is only their latest 1:1 scale paper airplane. The museum also flew a number of 15′ models while working their way up to the Desert Eagle.Okay, do you know how Howard Hugh’s Spruce […]

  2. Dave Hall March 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

    My son sent me the link to a blurb about your project which I think is great. In fact, The Columbus (Ohio) Center of Science and Industry held a paper airplane building project to inspire kids in 1970 when I as an aeronautical engineering student at Ohio State University. My small team took it a step further and built a 21 foot span piloted paper airplane over the summer of 1970 that was towed aloft three times before a catastrophic failure brought it down. We flew at the university airport, Don Scott Field, where be built the airplane out of corrugated paper, wrapping paper, and carpet rolls. You’ll find an article in OSU’s News and Engineering and at least one other publication circa late 1970 or early 1971. And I think we were in the Guinness Book of Air Facts and Feats in 1975 if memory serves. Great work on your project to date. I wish you calm skies and fair winds on your next attempt.

    • admin March 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story Dave.

      We conducted this project to inspire today’s youth and spark a passion for aviation and engineering in the next generation.

      Kind Regards,
      Pima Air & Space Museum

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  4. Deputy Kevin O'Brien April 8, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I spend every day of my life being serious while others get to relax and have fun. I found your page and watched the flight about a dozen times! Great music! Overall, THAT WAS AWESOME!! KEEP UP THE GREAT RESEARCH!
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