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Flight Aerodynamics and Airplanes For Kids

The power of Flight

The Fantasy of Flight

How to make paper airplanes, model planes, rubber band powered planes, and build homemade blimps, and why they work: the principles of aeronautics.

Aeronautics & Flight

Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science Technology, and Research
Three levels of difficulty and knowledge levels: middle, junior high, and high school. A multimedia site with lots of animated graphics. Packed with experiments you can do at home.

Aviation and Flight for Kids
Homeschool Dad, George Bartan, and his son (in video) have created this site so that you and your parents can join in the fun of learning all about how flight works, and create fling projects easily at home.

Beginner’s Guide to Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air.


Beginner’s Guide to Propulsion
Propulsion means to push forward or drive an object forward. A propulsion system is a machine that produces thrust to push an object forward. On airplanes, thrust is usually generated through some application of Newton’s third law of action and reaction.

Forces of Flight
Fasten your seatbelts! Ynez Isabela Fligh is here to help you understand how planes take off and stay up in the air.

How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift
We will also show you that the popular explanation that most of us were taught is misleading at best and that lift is due to the wing diverting air down.

How Things Fly
What makes an airplane fly? How does a spacecraft stay in orbit? Why does a balloon float in the air? What are you waiting for? Come and find out!

Jef Raskin’s Coanda Effect: Understanding Why Wings Work
This explanation will also intrigue those interested in learning about how to throw a curve ball in baseball. [Note: Jef Raskin invented the interface design for the Macintosh computer. His website here has many other articles of interest to young inventors. The index is at the bottom of the page.]

Kites – NASA
Learn how “wind warping” makes a kite fly, and why you need to understand this aerodynamic force to get your kites to really soar.

A Physical Description of Flight
Almost everyone today has flown in an airplane. Many ask the simple question “what makes an airplane fly?” The answer one frequently gets is misleading and often just plain wrong.

Physics of Skydiving
Skydiving is an adventurous sport where people jump off an airplane from thousands of feet above sea level and land with the help of parachutes.

Pulling Cs and Gs
You may think you have nothing in common with the kinds of forces a fighter pilot experiences. But you may be wrong.

Field Trips

Civil Air Patrol
This program provides tremendous support to our youth in the area of leadership training and education. There are a number of free resources that are available and very beneficial to homeschools.Aerospace Education resources.

National Free Flight Society
Organization offers tips for hobbiests, regular events and contests.

Young Eagles Program
The goal of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to give one million young people ages 8-17 a free introductory airplane flight by the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in the year 2003. See if this program is near you.

Hot Air Balloons & Blimps

Hot Air Balloon Model
Instructions how to build small homemade birthday candle engine powered “UFO” fire balloons. Parental supervision required.

Julian Nott’s Home Page
Julian Nott is a founder of the modern ballooning movement and one of its greatest, most creative exponents.

Model Planes

Build an Ornithopter
An ornithopter is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings! Here is a simple monoplane design powered by a rubber band. It’s motion is similar to a bird in flight. Advanced project.

How to Build and Fly an RC Plane
Hello everyone, in this video tutorial I describe how to build and fly a very simple rc plane completely from scratch. Plans available.


Model Flight
Lots of references and charts to help you build a 2- or 4-stroke model airplane.

Paper Planes

Alex’s paper airplanes
Paper airplane directory of Alex Schultz’s Web site with free paper airplane patterns for you to enjoy. Learn how to make the best paper airplanes on the web.

Fun Paper Airplanes
You don’t need any experience folding paper airplanes to build the models on our site. Each model has a template that you print right from your computer with clear, easy-to-follow directions and flying tips.

Joseph Palmer’s Paper Airplanes
These planes are designed to fly! They are not meant to be models of real planes, and they are not meant to be pretty display models. (In fact they really fly much better if you don’t decorate them!)

The National Paper Airplane Contest
Calling all paper airplane experts! Start a Paper Airplane Contest in your homeschool support group and prove just how far and how long your airplanes can fly. It’s a fun way to learn about aerodynamics!


World of Whitewings
Everything you need to know about fine-tuning and having fun with your Whitewing paper airplanes.

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