# Do Heavier Airplanes Fly Farther?

In the same way a rock that is thrown pushes its way through the air as compared to a cotton ball, a paper airplane with more mass flies faster and farther than a paper plane with less mass, up to a point. If the mass is too great, the wings can’t hold the plane in the air.

## How does weight affect the distance a paper airplane flies?

The larger the paper airplane the more it will weigh, the more it weighs the more lift will be needed to keep it flying. Eventually weight will become greater than lift and the paper airplane will decend to the ground.

## Do heavier paper airplanes fly farther?

If the weight of paper affects how far the airplane goes, then the heaviest type of paper will go the farthest distance.

## What makes a paper airplane fly the farthest?

There are four forces that act on a plane when it’s flying. Drag, lift, weight and thrust – this need to be in balance for the plane to fly (Scholastic 2014). … It is not the area of the wing that makes the paper plane fly the furthest. But combinations of the four forces lift, thrust, drag and weight.

## Will a paper airplane with longer wings fly farther than shorter wings?

Yes, the more air that can get under the wings the longer the airplane will stay airborne increasing the chances it will fly farther.

## Does a longer paper airplane fly farther than a wide one?

Yes, the more air that can get under the wings the longer the airplane will stay airborne increasing the chances it will fly farther.

## Why would you add weight to a paper glider airplane?

A couple of paper clips, one on each side of the tail, will usually bring the nose back up. What did adding weight do? Explanation: Adding weight to the tail moved the center of gravity backward. Since you had moved the center of lift backward, this restored the plane’s balance.

## What is the longest time a paper airplane has flown?

The longest time flying a paper aircraft is 29.2 sec and was achieved by Takuo Toda (Japan), in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan, on 19 December 2010.

## Does the size of a paper airplane affect the distance?

The size and shape of its wings, particularly the main wing, affects its performance. A lightweight plane with large wings glides well but travels slowly, while heavier planes with smaller wings travel more quickly and cover larger distances.

## What is the best angle to throw a paper airplane?

For paper airplanes, a 5 degree or 6 degree angle of attack is best.

## What is the best shape for an airplane wing?

The shape of an airplane’s wings is what makes it possible for the airplane to fly. Airplanes’ wings are curved on top and flatter on the bottom. That shape makes air flow over the top faster than under the bottom. As a result, less air pressure is on top of the wing.

## Which size plane will go farther a longer more narrow paper airplane or a shorter wider one?

The wide planes traveled an average of 9 feet 1 inch farther than the long narrow planes. We determined that wide airplane designs fly farther than long narrow designs.

## What type of paper makes the best paper airplane experiment?

We recommend to use 80 to 100 GSM. Paper weight is measured by GSM (Grams per Square Meter) meaning if you take a square sheet of paper, with a length and width of one meter, this is its weight. Normal printing paper is 80-90 GSM, so a single sheet (from both formats of paper size) weights around 5 grams.

## Where should the weight be on a paper airplane?

If the center of gravity is directly under the center of lift, then they balance each other. So for stable flight, the best place to put the weight is in the middle of the airplane! When you moved the paperclips to the front of the plane, the center of gravity moved in front of the center of lift.

## Is construction paper good for paper airplanes?

The result of the test showed three of the papers, the Construction paper went the outermost distance, followed by Cardstock paper then Copy paper. In conclusion, changing the type of paper did, in fact, affect how far a paper airplane flew.

## Where should you hold a paper airplane?

Hold your multifold airplane at the rear center, however, and notice that it doesn’t droop. Paper—because it has the ability to hold a fold—can be made rigid. A fold that increases the height of the body of the plane will make a plane that resists drooping under gravity.