Introduction: F-14 Tomcat Paper Airplane

Picture of F-14 Tomcat Paper Airplane

Almost everyone out there has at one time or another folded and flown paper airplanes.  That's because they are simple (most of them) and fun to fly.  This model is based on a design I got from a book that I moded.  It looks incredibly cool, and, with proper tuning, can be an excellent flier as well.  Note: Precision is a MUST.  I have made slightly slopy versions, and they do not fly well at all.  (Sorry for the bad picture quality.  I had it set to the wrong setting.  I'll be sure to use the right setting in future Instructables.)

Step 1: Materials/ Step One

Picture of Materials/ Step One

1 - 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
a roll of double sided tape (optional)
1 - pair of scissors (optional)
Step One:
Orient sheet of paper to portrait (tall way)


Step 2: Step Two

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Fold the top of the page down to the bottom of the page.

Step 3: Step Three

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Without unfolding, fold the left side of the page to the right side.

Step 4: Step Four

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Unfold Step Three.  There will be a line down the middle of the sheet.  Fold the left side of the paper so that the crease/edge will make a line from the bottom left corner to the top middle point.  Try to make this fold as exact as possible.  Unfold.

Step 5: Step Five

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Repeat this with the right side of the plane.

Step 6: Step Six

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This step is a little tricky.  Take the fold made in Step Four and make a squash fold.  For those who do not know what that is, basically take the fold from Step Four, "open" it up, and fold it down so that the left side crease (if it was still like Step Two) is aligned with the edge of the inside fold.  Repeat this for the right side using the fold from Step Five.  This must also be done with uttermost care and presicion.  (It looks like it is off in the picture. That is just the bendind of the middle due to the crease from Step Three.)

Step 7: Step Seven

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Fold the outside flaps, made in the last step, to the backside of the plane.

Step 8: Step Eight

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Open up the front flaps and fold the outside edge down to the middle.  Fold the flap back in.  Repeat with the flaps on the back.

Step 9: Step Nine

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Finally, an easy step.  Fold the plane in half following the crease and direction of the crease made in Step Three (the one you should have down the middle of the plane).

Step 10: Step Ten

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Fold both wings down.  There is a picture showing about where you should fold.

Step 11: Step Eleven

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This step is the hardest one.  You can't really explain how to make the fold.  Just do what the pictures show to do.  (These ones were taken after I finished the plane.  If there are creases in the picture that are not one yours, don't worry at all.  They will come in time.  I also used the correct setting this time.  Much better pictures.

Step 12: Step Twelve

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Pull up the wings and the wingletes (the little flaps you made in the last step).  Walah!  You now have your very own F-14 to fly.  If you want to, insert two small pieces of double-sided tape into middle, one  in the front and one in the back.  For those paper airplane geeks out there (not judging anyone), you can use the scissors to cut ailerons on the plane.  Note: Do not fly this plane outside.  This is an indoors only plane.  Wind severly messes up its flying.


stanic4510 (author)2017-12-05

cool but hard

22brennerj (author)2017-03-31

Too hard, Rage Quit I should have just built a wall a plane take to much time and effort and do you know how much we owe china 3.4 million dollars and japan much much more

22brennerj (author)2017-03-31

step 7 is hard

22brennerj made it! (author)2017-03-31

my "plane" is to short

Bookworm3000 (author)2017-03-29

I'm stuck in step 8. Help, anyone?

JadenXNinja (author)2016-12-06

Hard at first but really cool later made on for my friend

rangon78 (author)2016-11-26

umm i stuck in step 11 a little help by someone??????

littlemonkey25 (author)2016-09-10

Wow! complicated,but, looks Awesome.

awsomef1 made it! (author)2016-05-18

this was super hard i couldnt m ake it though i made a cool design out of it though

Shriniwas Apte made it! (author)2016-03-28

Pretty good!‼

Anand_k (author)Shriniwas Apte2016-03-29

This is what I was saying about

Carter5345 (author)2016-02-27

Does it fly great

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goldencraze (author)2015-10-08

you're crazy

Yowzers911 (author)2015-05-09

This was difficult to interpret. Please try a little harder to explain. Or am I crazy?

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ggonzalez campos (author)2012-09-09

I don't under stand this step, please help

Okay, in Step 7 those flaps are quite a bit wider than they are in Step 8. In Step 8, you open along the crease and fold the outer edges in to the crease. You're basically making those flaps half the size they were in Step 7. Doe's this help?

ppanchal1 (author)2012-05-12

:D nice one

paperairplanecreator (author)2011-09-25

Absolutely love this design!

awesome! :D

knobaroundtheclock (author)2011-09-08

like your way of spelling voilà as walah :-)

jliberman13 (author)2011-09-06

I have to give everyone at Instructables a big thank you. Especially to Origami Air Enforcer. Seeing all of those plane designs made me decide to join Instructibles and post an 'ible for the F-14. Thanks to everyone I have apparently won 15 months free Pro Membership. Again, a huge thanks to everyone!

hrodriguez7 (author)2011-09-05

I had a bit of trouble, but MAN!
this thing is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jliberman13 (author)hrodriguez72011-09-06

Thanks! I know Step Eleven is a bit hard, but that's the step that makes it a unique plane.

hrodriguez7 (author)2011-09-05

My dad is having the time of his life.........

rimar2000 (author)2011-09-04

Very nice design! I hope it fly well.

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)2011-09-03

Very good for a first instructable! :)

I have seen airplanes made very similar to this, but this airplane does have a unique configuration, owing to its fin arrangement.

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