bring my class to visit the MAPS Air Museum every year. There the
students can see aircraft from early gliders to modern jet
fighters.” Continued Mr. Walbeck. “They are particularly
interested in the restoration work and how it’s done. MAPS is
unique in letting visitors tour their restoration facility so you
can see what goes into rebuilding an airplane for flight or static
display. We decided to raise money for the museum because of the
history they showcase and the ties to aviation and engineering.”
had five weeks to create plans for their airplanes then construct
them of balsa wood and micro-polymer film. Everything is built by
hand except the bearing for the propeller and the rubber band. The
planes have a wingspan of about fifteen inches but weigh only 2.5
grams. “The planes are so light,” explains teacher Walbeck,
“that the wind created by a person walking will affect the
The MAPS hanger was
used to demonstrate how well these planes fly. Student Travis
Warstler wound the rubber band then carefully hand-launched the
plane he had created. Lazily, the plane began to fly in 12 foot
circles, climbing 20 feet into the air. It stayed aloft for over two
and-a-half minutes before it descended to the floor for a gentle
landing on its belly.
gave them a challenge, and the class really came through.” Said
teacher Walbeck. “They raised over $2,375 for the museum. I am so
proud of them.”
Harriman, one of the museum’s directors, accepted the donation and
thanked the students for their support. He also informed the class
that the museum would put one of their model planes on display and a
plaque would commemorate their efforts.
aircraft must meet the following A-6 construction requirements:
1. Maximum wing area 30
2. Maximum stabilizer
area 15 in2.
3. Maximum 6” motor
4. Maximum 6”
5. Propeller blades
must be made from flat 1/32” sheet 6.
Minimum 1/16” square wing and tail spars.
8. Minimum 1/16” x
9. Wing, stabilizer,
and rudder must be covered with paper or film.