Old School Flying Fun

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KidKidWe were walking through our neighborhood toy store when I found one of my favorite childhood toys: the balsa wood airplane. I bought a few and took them home to share with my kids.

Toy gliders are a great way for kids to learn about basic aviation. Yaw, pitch and roll can be illustrated by simple adjustments in wings, rudder and adding or subtracting weight. Plus, some models have a propeller, so kids can learn about thrust.

Model selection and design seem to be exactly the same as I remember from 30 years ago. And sure, they tend to break — but for a little more than a buck, you can have a full afternoon of fun.

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