National Paper Airplane Day
National Paper Airplane Day on May 26 pays homage to that delightful toy of folded paper. Good paper airplanes stay in the air for a long time, and require a good hand, experience, and patience.
Creation of paper airplanes is a variation of the Japanese art of origami. It first appeared in ancient China, and acquired a distinct form in Japan. In the 1930s, engineer Jack Northrop created paper models of airplanes to test the aerodynamic characteristics of real aircraft. In 1998, a world record was set: a paper airplane stayed in the air for 27.6 seconds. Ken Blackburn set this record. In 2010, Takuo Toda created a paper airplane that flew for 29.2 seconds.
Creating paper models develops creativity.
- Practicing origami is similar to meditation, and teaches perseverance, patience, and creativity.
- Creation of paper objects is an opportunity to show individuality: the paper often has different colors; ornamentation is applied in the form of patterns.
- Working with paper is a great alternative to constantly using a smartphone or computer. It is a useful activity that develops fine motor skills and cognitive abilities.
On this holiday, fold a paper airplane, and go have an ice cream! It is a trip to your childhood; the tour is free, and the emotions are priceless.
When is National Paper Airplane Day celebrated in 2022?
National Paper Airplane Day is observed on May 26 each year.