It’s National Paper Airplane Day!

May 26th is National Paper Airplane Day! This day commemorates the aeronautical toy that you know and love!

A Brief History of Paper Airplanes

Though most historians agree that the paper airplane was most likely invented in Ancient China, there is also evidence of paper gliders being used in Japan around the same time. That being said, experts have been unable to pinpoint an exact time and location of the first paper airplane. They only know that they have been flown for centuries all over the world.

Paper airplanes gained popularity in the United States during World War II when it was no longer possible to make toys out of plastic or metal. Some of the more popular planes at this time were designed by Wallis Rigby. He published his models as books or box sets, and his designs had a “tab and slot” construction. Rigby’s models are considered collector’s items today.

More recently, with the popularity of paper airplanes growing, enthusiasts around the world started some friendly competition and began attempting world records. Guinness World Records recognizes two main paper airplane records. The first, the farthest flight by a paper aircraft, was achieved in 2012 by Joe Ayoob and aircraft designer John M. Collins in the United States. Ayoob flew the aircraft designed by Collins 226 feet and 10 inches. The second, the longest flying paper aircraft, was achieved in 2010 by Takuo Toda in Japan. Toda’s plane was airborne for 29.2 seconds.

Make Your Own Paper Airplane

Follow these steps to make a basic paper airplane!

Begin with a piece of regular 8.5″ by 11″ paper.

Fold the paper in half vertically. Once you create a crease, unfold the paper again.

Fold the top two corners into the center crease.

Fold the top edges into the center crease.

Fold the paper in half along your original center crease.

Fold the wings down, matching the top edges up with the bottom edge of the body.

Add some tape to hold the wings together, and you’re finished!

 

Check out some of our books on paper airplanes!

                                           

Happy flying!

 

 

 

National Days in May

Looking for an excuse to celebrate? Check out these celebration days in May! Follow the links to find materials that correlate with these special days.

May 1 is May Day & National Mother Goose Day

May 3 is National Paranormal Day & National Day of Prayer

May 4 is National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth — get it?) & National Space Day

May 5 is National Cartoonists Day & Cinco de Mayo

May 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 12 is National Limerick Day

May 13 is Mother’s Day

May 18 is National Pizza Party Day & National Endangered Species Day

May 19 is National Armed Forces Day

May 24 is Red Nose Day

May 25 is National Brown-Bag It Day

May 28 is Memorial Day

May 30 is National Creativity Day & National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 31 is National Speak in Sentences Day

So, how are you going to celebrate?

Happy Reading!