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The Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane
 
This page contains information about the history of the paper plane design which I call the Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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1886

As far as I know the first appearance of a design of this kind is in the April 1886 issue of the American children's magazine St Nicholas, which contains an article titled 'About Flying Machines' which includes details of a 'Paper Aeroplane'

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An improved version of this design in which the front of the wings are folded over and over to add weight at the front of the design appears in 'The Magic of Science' by A Frederick Collins, which was published by thge Fleming H Revell Company in London and New York in 1917.

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A similar cut and fold design appears in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.

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'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939 contains 'El aeroplano', a hybrid design putting together the nose and wings of the Swallow and the fuselage and tail of the Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane.

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A second variation of the Cut and fold Model Aeroplane design appears as 'El Avion Supersonico' in the extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951.

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