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National Paper Airplane Day

Explore the skies and celebrate National Paper Airplane Day! Have a blast with your friends making paper airplanes, competing in races, and more!
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May 26
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Prepare for an exciting day of flight on National Paper Airplane Day on May 26! This special day celebrates the fun and creativity of paper airplane making, which has been around since the early 1900s. You can make your own paper airplanes or participate in a friendly competition with friends. Whether you’re new to paper airplanes or have been folding them since childhood, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative and fly high!

History of National Paper Airplane Day

National Paper Airplane Day Dates

National Paper Airplane Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1909</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Modern Paper Airplane</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1909, the first modern paper airplane was designed by Jack Northrop, co-founder of Lockheed Corporation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1967</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origami Plane Artistry</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1967, Eiji Nakatsu, an engineer at the Kyoto University in Japan, developed a paper airplane based on the origami technique.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Record Paper Airplane Distance</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1985, the world record for the longest distance flown by a paper aircraft was set by Tony Fletch of England with a flight distance of 34.2 meters.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Paper Airplane Contest</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first major international paper airplane contest was held in Austria in 1994, inspiring similar events around the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Paper Airplane Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2012, National Paper Airplane Day was first recognized as a celebratory day devoted to the art and hobby of paper airplane making.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Paper Airplane Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a paper airplane scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood or local park with paper airplanes as the prizes. Hide them in the trees and mark the location with a map to make it even more exciting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Hold a paper airplane competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends, family, and neighbors for an epic paper airplane competition. Set up different categories such as distance, aerobatics, and speed. Have some fun prizes like gift cards or movie tickets for the winners.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make paper airplanes with origami</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try folding different kinds of origami paper airplanes. Search online for some tutorials and challenge yourself to learn something new.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Decorate paper airplanes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some markers and get creative by decorating your paper airplanes with designs or messages. You can also use glitter or sequins to give them a little something extra.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a paper airplane chain</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a chain of paper airplanes by connecting them in a line with tape or thread. Hang them up in your room to show off your creativity.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Paper Airplane Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's fun and easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making a paper airplane only requires a few basic supplies, including a piece of paper and tape or glue. With just these materials you can create any number of unique designs that will keep kids entertained and busy. Once they've figured out the basics, they can experiment with different shapes, sizes, and weights to see what kinds of flight behaviors their planes will perform.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's inexpensive</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>You don't need to spend big bucks on a fancy drone to have some airborne fun. All you need is a sheet of paper and proper folding techniques! Compared to other toys and hobbies, paper airplane construction is one of the most budget-friendly activities around.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Paper airplanes offer limitless creative opportunities. Kids can create their own personalized designs by experimenting with different shapes, sizes, colors and weights. Making paper airplanes allows children to engage their imaginations as they explore the intricate details behind aerodynamic flight.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for National Paper Airplane Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Paper Airplanes have Educational Benefits</h3><p class='facts-content'>Making and flying paper airplanes can help children understand basic principles of aerodynamics, engineering and physics. It's a fun and interactive way to learn and gain practical knowledge.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Origami Influenced Paper Airplane Making</h3><p class='facts-content'>The art of paper folding, known as origami, has greatly influenced the styles and designs of paper airplanes over years. This enables the creation of unique and interesting shapes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>High-Tech Gliders are Based on Paper Airplanes</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some high tech gliders used for research purposes are based on the designs of paper airplanes, proving the abilities of these simple creations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Highest Altitude Achieved by a Paper Airplane</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2011, a helium balloon lifted a paper glider to the high altitude of 89,591 feet before it was subsequently released. The release broke the world record for the highest paper airplane flight from high altitude.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Paper Airplane Thrown Inside Space Station</h3><p class='facts-content'>Japanese astronaut Takao Doi once threw a paper airplane inside the International Space Station. The paper airplane was specially designed to withstand the forces experienced during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.</p></div></div>

National Paper Airplane Day FAQs

When is National Paper Airplane Day?

National Paper Airplane Day is celebrated on May 26th every year. In 2024 National Paper Airplane Day will occur on a Sunday.

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