Why is the cardboard airplane so expensive?

Our research

The cardboard airplane, invented in the 1950s, is designed to travel on paper and is also known as a “dumb” airplane.

The aircraft can be found for around $50,000, but it is more expensive than its plastic cousins. 

While the cardboard airplanes can carry around 8 people, they can only take off and land vertically.

A passenger plane can take off vertically. 

“I was thinking that maybe if we could make this a very cheap airplane, we could bring down the cost,” says Richard Knepper, who founded the firm that designed the cardboard plane. 

However, a few obstacles remain. 

For starters, it is extremely difficult to manufacture the plane without using an industrial-grade printing process. 

In order to get the design right, the team needed to create the plane using a variety of materials and technologies. 

The team had to figure out how to get their design off the ground, which is an important step because the final product will be a piece of cardboard. 

Knepper says that it took about four years to develop the plane and that he still needs to figure it out. 

Another obstacle is the size of the cardboard.

For example, the paper airplane weighs about a ton.

To get it to fly, the researchers needed to make it much smaller than a standard plastic airplane. 

Ultimately, the cardboard aircraft is a design that Kneiter says will be able to fly and land on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

“There are a number of factors that go into this project that are unique to this aircraft, which we’ll get to in a little bit,” he says. 

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