Introduction: How to Make the Pancake Paper Airplane

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Equipped with retractable landing gear, and related to the "Nose Heavy" paper airplane; the Pancake is the next upgrade to anyone's paper air force.

TAA USAF Designation: F5U-7  

Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper

Step 2: Corner Fold

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You take the corner and fold it down to the side then repeat on the other side.

Then you tuck in the fold.

Step 3: Fold the Nose Down

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Fold the nose down to the current line of the airfoil.

Step 4: Fold the Landing Gear

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Fold what will later become the landing gear into the nose weight.

Step 5: Half Fold

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Fold your aircraft along its center. Then fold it's wings down.


Keep the gear flaps free while folding the wings down.

Step 6: Winglet Fold

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Fold the winglets up on each side.

Step 7: Landing Gear Fold

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Fold the landing gear by gently folding the paper into the shown slats.

Step 8: Taping

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Now you tape the various parts of your aircraft together.

Step 9: Flight

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Your F5U-7 Pancake is ready for takeoff, just decorate.


Gadgedog (author)2010-06-12

i dont understand... tuck the fold?

Yes, it should cover itself as it does in the first picture of the next step.

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