We grew up with craptastic balsa wood planes powered by a propeller and a rubber band. Today we play with the SmartPlane: a styrofoam version with impossibly light, battery powered propeller and working tail rudder, all controlled with a slick iPhone app for up to 15 minutes of flight per charge. [$100; smartplane.net]
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