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Boomerang Physics — physics

Boomerang Physics 101

Kevin Verbael boomerang physics physics

Despite the simple appearance of the boomerang, the characteristic returning flight is guided by a complex combination of physics and aerodynamics. The returning boomerang is most commonly two wings jointed at angle between 80° and 120°, however, some newer boomerangs have more than two wings. The combination of spin and forward motion create an uneven lift over the wings. As the air flow passes over one wing faster than the other lift is created. When thrown correctly, boomerangs will return. The natural spin of the boomerang twists at right angles, which results in the boomerang's curving flight. Since the center...

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great boomerang

A really cool boomerang. I'm a total beginner and was able to get it to return to me and catch it without taking more than a couple steps within 30 minutes of throwing it for the first time.

True Blue Angel Boomerang - Real, Hand Crafted Australian Boomerangs.

Glow in the dark bumblebee

Works great. Can be difficult to see at night at times. Lots of fun

would not return

Could not get it to return. It was for my daughter and was a first boomerang for both of us, so it could be user error, but I have not been able to get it to return.

Darth Bidestrous Boomerang RH

Decent

Not great quality. I purchased 2 boomerangs and they were completely different tolerances. Definitely not worth the price. Looks cool though, so theres that.

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Big Man Boomerang
Ralph Gallagher
Works great!

I've only been throwing boomerangs for 3 months and have used 4 different models including the Big Man which so far is my favorite. I often throw in the middle of a football field which makes it easy to judge distance and the astroturf is easy on the rangs. It often goes out 40 to 45 yards before returning with the right amount of wind. Still unable to get it to come all the way back with no wind but being a newbie, haven't figured the technique yet. Last week the wind cought it and it slammed in to the aluminum bleachers 70+ yards away with a loud "ping!" I was worried I may have broken it but upon retrieval it only had a tiny ding less than a centimeter long which hasn't affected it's performance. It helps to tune the tip of the leading wing up in no or light wind conditions.
Thinking of ordering a lefty to save my right arm as I'm already addicted to the sport!

Had

Great gift. Looked really authentic aboriginal. Hope my grandson will persevere. Takes a little time to learn. Might order one for myself!

Beautiful boomerang!

Bought this for my son's 9th birthday and he absolutely loved it! It's the perfect size/weight for him and has great control. Very easy to use and the the craftsmanship is superb. Thank you!

Great boomerang

I love my “real” boomerang. It flies way better than the plastic boomerangs I’ve previously used.