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Glider Resources:


Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics

NASA site with lots of great information on Aerodynamics


Physics of Toy Gliders 

The aim of this text is to provide some understanding in the physics of an airplane. This helps to design and tune little paper or balsa gliders. 


Suggested Ratio:

•     Wing

     •     span = 50 to 60 cm.

     •     Aspect Ratio =  9 to 10

     •     Dihedral of wing = 2 to 3 deg.

     •     Angle of attack = 3 to 4 deg.

     •     Horizontal Stabilizer = 20 to 25% of wing area

     •     Vertical Stabilizer = 40% to 50% of Horizontal Stabilizer area.

     •     Length of fuselage = 65% to 75% of span