How do you make a perfect paper airplane?

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How do you make a perfect paper airplane?
Gently throw the paper aeroplane when releasing it from your hands. (aereo di carta image by DGAETA from

When made correctly, a perfect paper aeroplane can fly a long distance in a straight line, requiring only a gentle flick of the wrist. A well-made paper aeroplane can also fly faster. The dart is a paper aeroplane model that is an effective glider. According to, this paper aeroplane design is the most well-known type of paper aeroplane in the world. Making paper aeroplanes can be a simple and enjoyable activity for everyone.

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Things you need

  • 1 sheet of paper 8½ inches by 11 inches
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise. The paper should measure 8½ inches by 11 inches. Line up the two edges of the paper to ensure both halves are equal. Press your thumb over the folded edge to create a deep crease. Unfold the paper with the crease running down the centre.

  2. 2

    Fold each top corner of the paper over to meet the centre crease. Hold in place and run your thumb over each fold to create a crease. The two corners should look like a pair of identical triangles, which meet at the same point along the centre fold.

  3. 3

    Fold the two outer corners over to meet each other at the centre fold, pressing your thumb over to create a deep crease. With these folds in place, fold the paper along the centre fold again, bringing the bottom corners to meet each another.

  4. 4

    Measure 1 inch from the nose of the paper aeroplane with a tape measure; fold each wing of the plane outward and downward. Both wings should be identical so measure them to ensure they are the same size. Measure 1 inch from the outer edge of each wing and bend the edge upward to give the aeroplane added lift.

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