How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way

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How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Finished paper aeroplane

If you want your paper aeroplanes to fly a long way, you must carefully select your materials and accurately follow the steps of construction. With quality paper and careful folding, you can make paper aeroplanes that hold the air for long distances.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Lay out your paper on a clean, smooth surface.

Set out a piece of 8 1/2-by-11-inch, 20-pound bond paper on a flat work surface. This is typical typing paper. Make sure that it is pristine with no tears or folds. Do not use paper that is torn out of a spiral notebook or that has holes punched in it. The uneven nature makes those pieces very bad for paper aeroplanes.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Fold the paper vertically.

Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Put two corners on one of the 8 1/2-inch sides together and then hold them as you do the same with the other two corners. Carefully fold down the middle of the paper, making sure that the long edges line up the entire way. The corners should meet perfectly without you touching them.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Fold the triangular tip of the plane.

Open the paper and hold it flat with the crease of the centre fold pointing down. Fold one of the corners to the centre line of the first fold. This creates a perfect triangle when the edge is lined up with the centre fold. Do the same with the other corner on the same 8 1/2-inch side. That side of the paper should now be pointed.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Blunt the nose of your aeroplane for a strong performance.

Fold the tip of the point back nearly 1 inch from the point, making sure that the fold is perpendicular to the centre fold. This is easy to do if you place the tip of the point on the centre line. This creates the blunted and weighted nose of the paper aeroplane. Close the paper along the centre fold. Press down on the existing folds so that they are crisp and tight.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Make your folds crisp.

Fold one of the paper's edges outward and down. Line the edge of the paper up with the centre fold on the outside. Make the fold crisp. The edge of the paper should follow the centre fold all the way down. Turn the paper over and make the same fold on the other side.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Your wings should line up with each other precisely.

Fold the edge down again. This creates the aeroplane wings. Be careful to line up the edge of the wing with the centre fold for the entire length of the plane. Turn it over and make the same fold on the other side.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Your plane will not fly if the wings droop.

Open the wings. Pull them up so that they are more than 90 degrees from the vertical part of the aeroplane body. This is very important. If the wings droop down, the aeroplane will not fly very far.

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Fly a Long Way
Float, don't thrust, your plane into the air for best results.

Hold the aeroplane on the vertical part of the body about one-third of the way back from the nose. Launch it at a 45-degree angle from the horizon. Try floating the aeroplane instead of throwing it. If you throw it too hard, you may thrust it down into the ground.

Tip

Crisp, even folds are essential for creating paper aeroplanes that fly a long way. If the aeroplane is asymmetrical in any way, it will wobble in the air. Neatness counts when folding paper aeroplanes.

Warning

Beware of paper cuts. They hurt.

Tips and warnings

  • Crisp, even folds are essential for creating paper aeroplanes that fly a long way. If the aeroplane is asymmetrical in any way, it will wobble in the air. Neatness counts when folding paper aeroplanes.
  • Beware of paper cuts. They hurt.

Things you need

  • Sheet of sturdy 8 1/2-by-11-inch, 20-pound paper

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