How to Make a Paper Airplane That Glides

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How to Make a Paper Airplane That Glides
Use a few simple folds to create a streamlined paper aeroplane. (aereo di carta image by DGAETA from

Paper aeroplanes have delighted young and old alike since the invention of paper. For an entire century, people formed a simple dart with just a few folds. Toward the end of the 20th century, origami techniques were introduced to create a more streamlined shape, according to Exploratorium magazine online. While many varieties of aeroplane patterns exist, certain folds create a result that glides much further.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Clear tape (optional)

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  1. 1

    Place the piece of paper in front of you horizontally. Fold the bottom half in toward the top and crease with a ruler for a clean edge.

  2. 2

    Open the paper again. Fold the two corners on the right in to meet the centre fold line. Fold the triangles in a second time toward the centre line and crease the edges.

  3. 3

    Fold the centre flaps closed again, hiding the triangles. Keep the paper in a horizontal position in front of you.

  4. 4

    Bend the top flap toward you and match the upper edge to the bottom, creasing the fold. Flip the paper aeroplane over and repeat.

  5. 5

    Bring the aeroplane's wings up in a perpendicular position to the base. Hold the aeroplane from the back of the base to launch.

Tips and warnings

  • The aeroplane will glide further if the edges are creased tightly and evenly on both sides.
  • If your aeroplane dives too quickly, make one small bend up in the back of the aeroplane wing tip.
  • If the paper aeroplane rises first and then nosedives, bend the wing tips down slightly.
  • Optional: Use one piece of scotch tape at the back of the plane to secure the base tightly together.

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