Remember those balsa wood airplanes you used to play with as a kid? You’d build it, toss it in the air, and watch it as it would soar for several seconds before crashing landing in the grass. Well, this Rocket Glider Kit (available in the Maker Shed) isn’t your average balsa wood airplane. Originally designed by Jim Walker in the late 1930’s, this glider has wings that fold back allowing it to become more streamlined. This unique twist enables the glider to rocket 60 – 70 feet into the air using the included rubber band. At the peak of the climb the wings fold back out allowing the glider to soar over long distances. The excellent flight characteristics of the glider even attracted the US military. During WWII they were used as target drones for machine gun practice (which we don’t recommend.) This captivating kit appeals to nearly anyone because it’s a remake vintage technology and is fun for the whole family. Look for it in the Make: School’s Out! Summer Fun Guide and the forthcoming Make: Volume 31!

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