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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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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.