This was my favorite plane design as a kid; as an adult I'm still tempted to go out and play with this one. Maybe I will...
Step 1: The Beginning
- fold the top right corner over to the left side of the paper, as pictured
- unfold and do the same operation on the top left corner
- unfold and flip the paper over
Step 2: The Button...
- fold the top section of the paper horizontally at the exact crossing point of the two previous folds
- unfold and flip the paper once more
- press the button! (as pictured)
- fold the paper so the horizontal side fold m eets in the center and the top of the paper folds downwards. You will end up with something like the picture below!
Step 3: Diversify
- fold the top section of the large triangle at 45 degrees to meet with the front tip of the plane
- unfold and do something funky with the tips. I like to cross them, experiment and come up with your own step here!
Step 4: Give It Wings
- flip it again and fold the whole thing in half lengthwise
- gently fold down the wings; I like to make the fuselage small and the wing large
Step 5: Horns!
- add horns to the front section, thats right, this plane has horns! YEAH!
Step 6: Precision Ailerons
just rip two small tears in the rear of the wing and you can adjust the flight pattern.
adjust these so that when thrown straight and level at a slow speed, it will glide gently without nosediving - at a higher speed, it will pull up and then crash.
make one aileron slightly higher than the other, or bend the stabilizers slightly to promote a slow turn to the right or left - a turning plane generally will stay aloft longer and not travel as far
Step 7: Launch It!
I spent many afternoons with friends, paper airplanes and a stopwatch...
go out and launch it by throwing it nearly straight up and as high as you can. It should stabilize and descend slowly making a wide circle
if you are lucky and the conditions are right, you will be rewarded with a 10+ second flight
good luck! =)