EZR Origami Hang Glider Pattern (PDF) – Science Toy Maker Space Shuttle Glider pdf Individual Differences of Play-Target Pattern in Toy, Mother and. Much more information about Walkalong Gliders/Air-Surfing and links at Walkalong gliders are great to experiment with, but follow the directions exactly for the first one—get it flying– then With your other hand, hold the book cover down. I have completed (July ) instructions for foam gliders, which I think are much Shortcut to the EZR Origami Hang Glider Pattern (PDF).

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We have it on good authority jang one of the symptoms of Spring Fever is a desire to goof off and make paper airplanes. Succumb to the fever by grabbing a copy of How to Build a Hovercraft: This paper airplane—the Tumblewing—is a type a walkalong glider.

If you walk too fast, the Tumblewing will fly over your shoulder; if you walk too slowly, it will fall to the ground.

So flying it takes a bit of practice. Would Orville and Wilbur have headed back to the bicycle shack if their first attempt failed?!? It took us a couple of practice sessions to get the hang of the Tumblewing. Our first attempt fizzled because we used the wrong size cardboard. Also, our boss told us to get back to work.


With the correct size cardboard, it was much easier to keep the Tumblewing aloft, and keeping it in sustained flight was just a matter of practicing.

Subscribe or Give a Gift. Eezr need to print the template. Remove a nonessential page from a phone book and lay the pattern on top of it. Phone book paper is just the right weight for this experiment—tissue paper is too flimsy and regular paper is too heavy.

Build and Surf an Origami Hang Glider on a Wave of Air

Using 2 small pieces of Patterh tape, tape the ends of the pattern to the phone book paper. Using scissors, cut around the pattern to get a rectangle of phone book paper with the corners cut off, but leave two little points where the tape attaches the pattern to the paper. Fold the one edge what will be the leading edge down at a degree angle where the dotted line is along the top of the pattern. Fold the other edge what will be the trailing edge glieer at a degree angle where the dotted line is along the bottom of the pattern.

Now that the glider is folded, you can cut off the glirer points where the tape holds the pattern to the phone book paper. Separate the pattern from the phone book paper. With your other hand, hold the large piece of cardboard vertically in front of you at a slight backward tilt of 20 to 30 degrees.

The top edge of patyern cardboard should be at about the height of your shoulders. Hold the Tumblewing 10″ to 12″ above and 8″ to 10″ ahead of the top edge of the 2′ x 2′ cardboard.


Release the Tumblewing with a slight forward and downward push. As soon as you release the glider, begin to walk forward slowly while holding the 2′ x 2′ cardboard in front of you.

The Paper Airplane That Flies Forever

This will create an updraft under the Tumblewing that will keep it aloft for as long as you keep walking forward. If you turn left or right, the plane will, too.

By walking in a large circle or figure 8, you can keep the gliver flying in a relatively small space for a while. It can take practice to get the hang of it.

The cardboard needs to be close to vertical to get the necessary slope lift. Also, if you find your Tumblewing turning on its own to one side or the other, check to make sure the ends are as straight and vertical as possible.

If they angle in or out, they will make the plane veer to one side. Previous Article More Animals Aloft. Comment on this Story. Enter your email address.