- Sometimes called “the father of aviation,” Sir George Cayley designed the first successful glider to carry a human.
- Paper was invented in China around 105 AD. By the fourteenth century, there were paper mills in Europe.
- The word “origami” comes from the Japanese words “oru” meaning fold, and kami, meaning “paper”.
- In 2012, workers restoring a chapel in England found paper “planes” up in the eaves thought to be more than a hundred years old.
- The first book about recreational paper folding came out in Japan in 1797, and included the iconic “crane” design.
- The world’s largest paper aircraft was built by the students and employees of the Braunschweige Institute of Technology in Germany in 2013. It had a wing span of almost 60 feet weighed over 50 pounds.
- Famous people with a fear of flying include director Stanley Kubrick, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, and sports personality John Madden.
- Together, Chinese and US paper mills combine to make forty percent of the world’s paper and paperboard.
- Harris hawks exhibit a behavior known as “stacking,” standing on top of one another when perching spots are scarce. Up to three birds can perch atop another one.
- Flying fish have been recorded taking “flights” over the water stretching up to 1,300 feet.
- The Harris hawk was named after Edward Harris, a friend of John J. Audubon.
- Kitty Hawk in North Carolina is the site of the first powered airplane flight. In 1903, the Wright brothers tested their biplane “the Flyer” on sand dunes outside the town.
July 30, 2014
Fun Facts About Paper Airplanes