Most of us in aviation love airplane models, and if you haven't tried a paper airplane model yet, you have missed out on a lot of fun. Last week I talked a lot about Wiley Post and the Lockheed Vega 5C he flew setting numerous records, so today I want to introduce you to the incredible Winnie Mae paper airplane model. Paper airplane models are also known as Card Models, and have been around for a very long time. Many of the early pioneers in aviation who wanted to design aircraft created models of them out of paper, and later on after the Iron Curtain fell those behind the curtain had no choice but to make their airplane models out of paper - nothing else was available. These paper airplanes come pre-printed and are a pdf file download which can be printed many times over. When printed on a little heavier paper than ordinary 20-22 oz paper, say on 30-35 oz paper, the model will be more than stiff enough to have the airfoils formed easily and hold their shape. One of the more interesting paper airplane models is this one of the one Wiley Post flew called the Winnie Mae. Emblazoned on the side of the fuselage you can see a list of the records he set with the aircraft, and once constructed will resemble a plastic or wood model.
Only if someone picks the model up and holds it will they know that it is made out of paper - that's how much these models look like mahogany wood or plastic models. Some of our customers have even placed small electric motors in these models and flown them! So, if you are looking for a fun project, either just for yourself or to share with your kids, then this is a great paper airplane model to start with. Relive history and learn about the famous aircraft flown by Wiley Post around the world twice, setting a new record each time. Get your very own Winnie Mae paper airplane model today! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single motored airplanes at night. — Charles A. Lindbergh, to Wiley Post, 1931. ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!