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Paper Airplane Craft - Roundel Insignia

A roundel in heraldry is a disc; the term is also commonly used to refer to a type of national insignia used on military aircraft, generally circular in shape and usually comprising concentric rings of different colours.

In January 1947 red bars were added within the existing white bars on both USN and USAAF aircraft and in September of the same year, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) became an independent service and was renamed the United States Air Force (USAF). More free content listed on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The term "canard" arose in France. The appearance of the Santos-Dumont 14-bis of 1906 reminded the French public of a flying duck (Fr. canard)., and later the Fabre Hydravion of 1910 was named "Le Canard". Thereafter all aeroplanes with a foreplane were known as canards.

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About the Exhibition

How Things Fly Web site, a companion to the physical exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The goal is to explain the basic principles that allow aircraft and spacecraft to fly.

Distance Challenge
Controlled Flight
Forces of Flight
How Wings Work
Paper Airplane Gallery
Hands-on Experiments
Image Gallery

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Create your own paper plane print out with instructions.

Think your plane has the stuff to go pro? Check out the tips, tricks, and modifications and put your aircraft to the test!

Link howthingsfly.si.edu

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