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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 31 by Mark Frauenfelder

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Gregory Hayes

ROCKET GLIDER

The classic toy, remade. This folding wing glider rockets up ... then glides back down!

By Rick Schertle

When I was a kid, I remember my dad talking about a seemingly magical balsa-wood “rocket glider.” With the wings folded back, the glider shot into the air from a handheld rubber-band catapult. As it soared upward, wind resistance held the wings back, and when the glider reached its peak, the wings popped open for a long and graceful glide down.

When the glider began to wear out — this part was especially exciting to me — he would attach a firecracker to it and launch it into a shower of balsa-wood confetti glory. ...

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