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How to make Floating paper airplane and other paper airplanes - Alex's Paper Airplane

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Floating paper airplane

Floating paper airplane main image

This paper airplane is really very good. With its wide wing span and the stabilising winglets at the end of wings it is very stable and flies very far.

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Floating paper airplane Folding Instructions

  • DIG. 1 diagram

    Start with a plain piece of A4 paper and fold it in half as in DIG. 1

  • DIG. 2 diagram DIG. 3 diagram

    Then fold down a flap as shown in DIG. 2 and repeat the process with a flap on the other side to give you DIG. 3

  • DIG. 4 diagram

    Now fold over the overhanging flap along the line in DIG. 3 to give you DIG. 4

  • DIG. 5 diagram

    Then turn the plane over and fold the nose of the plane up to give you DIG. 5

  • DIG. 6 diagram

    Crease again along the middle line and then fold along the dotted lines in DIG. 6. It is important that the folds at the ends of the wing are folded downwards so you get a plane as at the top of the page otherwise the plane flies upside down.

Floating paper airplane Flying

This paper airplane is best indoors. It is quite stable but any major wind outdoors causes it to crash very quickly.

Try throwing this plane very gently overarm with the nose pointed slightly upwards holding it about a quarter of its length from the nose. In still conditions outdoors or indoors this will let it glide gently for quite a long time and distance.

If you make a flap at the back of one of the wings by snipping the paper twice for about 1cm (1/2") into the wing and making the two snips and inch (2cm) apart and then folding the paper inbetween the snips up, the paper airplane should gently glide in a circle back to you. Whether the circle is clockwise or anti-clockwise depends on which wing you place the flap (or aerlon).