10C10.30 - Balloon Helicopter

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Balloon Helicopter
Rotational Lift
Area of Study:
Chemistry and Physics
Helicopter Apparatus, Balloons.

Attach the balloon to the removable collar.  Blow up the balloon and pinch off the neck.  Attach the collar back to the helicopter fins.  Release and watch the rotation.  Note: Either round or long balloons will work.

  • Yee-kong Ng, Se-Yuen Mak, and Choi-man Chung, "Demonstration of Newton's Third Law Using a Balloon Helicopter", TPT, Vol. 40, #3, Mar. 2002, p. 181.
  • George Gerhab, "The Balloon-O-Copter", TPT, Vol. 32, #4, Apr. 1994, p. 215.
  • "A Simple Aerial Toy", The Boy Mechanic Makes Toys, p. 176.
  • Janice VanCleave, "64. Right or Left?", Physics for Every Kid - 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound, p. 150 - 151.
  • Janice VanCleave, "63. Helicopter", Physics for Every Kid - 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound, p. 148 - 149.
  • Robert Ehrlich, "C.11. Water Rocket, Rocket Balloon, and Balloon-Powered Helicopter", Turning the World Inside Out, p. 33 - 34.

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