The Kid Flier glides away neatly, powered by gravity, supported by its wing
This is the coolest picture in this set, except for the wing flying by itself... my hand is over 6 inches below, the plane is clearly gliding along on its own. And I managed to frame it dead center just as the flash went off!!! This Canon A100 has autofocus and snaps when it is ready, not when you push the button. All the more reason to be proud of this one- I'm launching and taking the picture here. Pretty cool!
The Kid Flyer 6.5 is a hand-launched glider made of 1/16" (1.5mm) square balsa wood, paper wings, fin and horizontal stabilizer. A short length of 1/8" (3mm) square balsa wood makes the nose stronger. Paper-over-wire bag-ties are used at the nose for balance. I invented this toy airplane as something a child could build for themselves in an hour or less, using raw materials, and enjoy playing with for at least another hour. The plans are here on Flickr, you can print them out and build your own. I taught 3 or 4 classes of 5-7 upper elementary kids at my son's school, during aftercare time. Every child in the classes succeeded in getting their airplane to fly, as did the other staff members from the school who participated. Great fun!
Back to the original plan and instructions: www.flickr.com/photos/wbaiv/5521647995/