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Boomerang Flight Dynamics - More Data!

Boomerang aerodynamics are based upon incredibly complicated math as outlined by Dr. John Vassberg's excellent tutorial at the University of Michigan. As one of Boeing's top aerodynamicists, Dr. Vassberg details the physics of boomerangs at a level beyond anything else we have seen. Dr. Vassberg holds over a dozen Patents related to aerodynamic technologies, and has authored over 100 publications. 

Dr. Vassberg used two of our boomerangs in his study, our Eric Darnell Trifly and a hand crafted Rangemaster by Roger Perry. He has no association with boomerangs.com and Colorado Boomerangs but his lecture is available on youtube at the link below. We hope you enjoy it! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LAnT2r_vo

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Want something a little more easily digested? Here is a good overview of boomerang physics in this video by Eric Darnell and Newton's Apple. You are well on your way to winning any science project competition with some of these ideas!

 

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I was impressed with the Seagull boomerang. Smooth controlled flight. Never seen or used a boomerang that was SO easy to use. I hate to tip everyone off because I want more for my family. It is a well made quality product exceeded only by Colorado Boomerang Customer Service.

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Big bomber boom with a learning curve

First day throwing the Kilimanjaro was initially frustrating, as I repeatedly dumped it into the ground. But after some trial & error; adjusting release angle (with extra layover of 30-45+ degrees), it flies far out (without wind) – almost straight out, while climbing, then returns on a narrow U-shaped path, which was unexpectedly cool! Eventually got a catch. In windy conditions, flight path differed (more elliptical), but getting a catchable return was rare, as it'd sail past me. With more practice, this 'K-boom' will be amazing. For now, a half-star deduction for the rough paint finish and learning curve (at least for me) – 4.5 stars. If you have a strong arm, good technique, and like challenging, long-distance flights, get this boom!

Sweet Aussie RP design & flight

The Lazy Hook is a sweet-looking Roger Perry design, with a snazzy paint job and glossy finish. It's mid-sized, thick in the middle, with a tapered trailing arm, and a weighted leading arm. I found it flies higher than the description, but that's probably from some wonky throwing. However, it returns well, even without a strong throw. I recommend it for recreational or serious throwers!

Bend the tips down minutely for a lower throw. Bend the tips up slightly if you want a higher throw.