posted on Aug, 26 2016 @ 12:58 AM
I guess I hold the distance record so far.
In the early Eighties I lodged for some time on the 28th floor of an apartment block in Bombay while being trained in the dark arts of advertising.
Since this was India, there was no air-conditioning and you could open the windows.
I’d been keen on paper plane designs as a kid and my favourite was a ogival delta design cut from a single sheet of paper. A long narrow strip about
half the length of the paper was left in front of the ogee in the cutout; this was repeatedly folded back to weight the front end. The centre of
gravity could be adjusted by altering the width of the fold. the tips of the ogee were folded down 90 degrees to make it fly straighter and add
stiffness to the wings. Trim could be adjusted by warping the trailing edges slightly up or down.
I made one of these on a relatively windless day and, after a couple of test flights in my apartment to get the trim right, launched it out of the
It soared right across the Colaba Causeway from my building on the edge of the Arabian Sea towards the Back Bay. I lost sight of it while it was still
airborne, but from time to time I'd get a flash of it as the planform turned and caught the sun. It was still above the highest buildings in that
area, at least half a mile away, before it vanished from my sight.
One of the peak achievements of my life, I have to admit.