How to Make an Origami Fighter Plane

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How to Make an Origami Fighter Plane
Paper can be folded to resemble a fighter plane. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Paper aeroplanes or paper gliders originated in Japan and China. The process of creating these items was termed aerogami. The popularity of paper aeroplanes increased as paper started being mass produced around 500 B.C. Today such planes are used for entertainment and competitions by children and adults. Paper aeroplanes can be made in very little time with inexpensive paper. The difficulty in folding can range from a plane with three folds to one with multiple folds that resembles a fighter aeroplane.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 8.5-inch by 11-inch piece of paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Position the paper on a flat surface in front of you so that the long sides are vertical. Fold the paper in half vertically and unfold.

  2. 2

    Fold the top corners down so that the edges align with the vertical crease.

  3. 3

    Fold the tips of the triangles upwards so that they align with the right and left edge of the shape. The fold should intersect the bottom corners of the triangle. Unfold both sides.

  4. 4

    Fold the inside edge of both sides outward so they align with the right and left edge of the shape. The fold should intersect with the tip of the triangle. Unfold both sides.

  5. 5

    Gently push on the sides of the triangle and reverse fold them into the inside of the triangle. This process will pull the tip of the triangle down. Press the shape flat.

  6. 6

    Turn the paper over and fold the top of the shape down along the bottom of the triangle. Allow the tip to move with the fold so that it extends over the top of the shape. Flip the paper back over.

  7. 7

    Fold the right and left corners down so that the edges align with the vertical crease. Fold the entire shape in half along the vertical crease. Turn the shape counterclockwise 90 degrees.

  8. 8

    Fold the bottom left of the shape upward and inside the middle. Flip the paper over and repeat this process on the other side of the shape. Open the shape outward and lay it flat on your folding surface.

  9. 9

    Fold the left and right tips upward at an angle. Fold the plane in half along the vertical crease.

  10. 10

    Fold down the wings so they are at a 90 degree angle on both the right and left sides.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the flat edge of a ruler or a bone folder to ensure that creases are crisp to improve flight performance.

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