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Paper Pilot

by Ami Kealoha in Design on 15 May 2007

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Paper Pilot: The Paper Airplane Pilot's Manual is equal parts eye-candy, resource and DIY project. With hundreds of archival photographs of fighter jets, bombers and the like, it's a primer on (primarily U.S.) aviation design spanning over a half-century of innovation. Each plane gets a profile that includes basic info as well as a brief history outlining its strengths, weaknesses and the role it played in military history. Strangely, the section on model planes is little more than a brief pictorial, but the real fun starts in the back of the book.

Twenty–four punch–out models are full–color reproductions the planes profiled earlier, requiring little more than folds and glue to make them into working paper airplanes. It's the perfect book for aviation buffs or summertime boredom. Get it from Amazon.

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