Introduction: Long Distance Paper Glider

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Learn how to build a long distance paper glider that will go further than any other airplane you've made.

Step 1: Step 1 - Prefolding

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Pre-fold along the lines. White is primary side.

Step 2: Step 2 - Tip

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Fold in two edges, flip and fold tip backward.

Step 3: Step 3 - Fuselage

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Fold as directed, for any paper size.

Step 4: Step 4 - Wings

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Fold parallel to fuselage. Easier if you fold paper in half first.

Step 5: Step 5 - Angles and Throwing Tips

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Fold to approximate angles for best lift, fold tip over to reinforce it.



you are one

wolfeet24 made it! (author)2017-09-13


acruise (author)2010-06-21

I first encountered this design, which I remember being great 20+ years ago, in Advanced Paper Aircraft Construction by Campbell Morris. I have four books in the series.

wolfeet24 (author)acruise2017-09-13


123069 (author)2009-11-26

omg i love you (but not in the gay waybut in this is the best plane ever)
oh yeah i flew during my physics class my teacher caught looked at it  gave me thumbs up some extra credit. then when i thought i was in the clear he gave me a detention:)

wolfeet24 (author)1230692017-09-13


ol987986 (author)1230692010-02-17


Ben.land101 (author)2009-04-05

first off nice Instructable. but anyway this plane is good, although I found a glider that will go much farther. I measured approximately a 4-5:1 glide ratio on it.(that means it goes 4-5ft. forward for every foot it drops)

although it's a little hard to fold

wolfeet24 (author)Ben.land1012017-09-13


killer33 (author)2009-05-17


wolfeet24 (author)killer332017-09-13


wolfeet24 made it! (author)2017-09-12

SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wolfit128 (author)2017-09-02

Loved it!!!

MylesS12 (author)2017-05-10

the planes fly pretty far!

wolfit128 (author)MylesS122017-09-02

I agree!!!

Nikitanadel7 (author)2017-08-30

Great plane!

StickStraw2089/ (author)2017-08-15

good but a bit confusing for a 10 year old XD

MoKtH (author)2016-06-08

I call it the adder , it fits

plus i also call it an F15 Eagle because it flies like that.

im no jk

RavonH (author)MoKtH2016-11-29

its actual name is suzanne

ffink (author)2016-01-22


Lomax101 (author)ffink2016-04-27

I know right

plami630300 (author)2015-04-03

how long is he flying???

CarloM1 (author)2015-03-19

The plane that I made was so successful using a letter size printer paper!! :)

PaperAirplaneandThings (author)2015-02-17

Great design! Oh by the way, wouldn't it be better to use stiff paper so the wings don't fold or shake in flight?

braydent (author)2012-09-03


BatchDesigner (author)braydent2015-02-07

a4 letter size printer paper help?

PaperAirplaneLord69 (author)2014-09-16

works good, but accidently threw it into a volcano. very low accuracy

Much Wows

Many Lies

Much Die Please

danielshasaids (author)2014-10-20

hay guys lookin for a great time meet me at the dark alley ill give you a good rash :)

KaraN3 (author)2014-09-07

Well.. mine just went into the neighbours garden.. time for plane number 2 lol (author)2013-04-28

does not fly strait or far

Theoryism (author)2012-07-04

I saw this is a book once, it was called the "Nakamura Lock", except the first set of folds are different in the book.

BIOhazard_inc (author)2012-05-04

This is the original moth design it works better if you use really light paper I use somewhat stiff tissue paper

slickromeo (author)2011-12-12

consider putting a small paperclip to the front tip.

raven58262 (author)2011-09-29

hm, mine only hit the roof and loop around.

Danny4878 (author)2011-07-09

Freaking awesome plane, although you could add that if certain parts of the plane aren't even then it won't fly properly. Anyway I absolutely love it! >:-)

Iridium7 (author)2009-05-18

someone need a hug?

yapoyo (author)Iridium72011-06-25

i do

ol987986 (author)Iridium72009-12-14

 i need a hug plz

gb123 (author)ol9879862010-07-14


ol987986 (author)gb1232010-09-24

yey hugs rock!

jpeterkin (author)2011-06-03

amazing i used it as a class project and i got a A

legoman111 (author)2010-12-09

mine keeps falling apart no matter what.*whines*

SPYBOOM (author)2010-10-18

ITS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I accidently chucked it in the toilet. But its still really awesome.

DEADMAU5FTW (author)2010-09-06

if u flip it over and do the same folds it becomes a dart

tanmanknex (author)2010-06-29

I learned this plane when I was in kindergarten and everyone would come to me for them. I'd be a millionaire if I had charged for them... ;)

origamianything (author)2009-12-20

this plane is "meh" to me. if you think about it... try to make gliders either based off this or make it wide ways for bigger wings. u gotta figure it out on ur own for wide airplanes.

jackoteeny (author)2009-09-12

I have made this type of plane before which in my country, Wales, it is called a HARRIER JET PLANE I have only said this to show you the name of it Good instructable by the way :)

ROARY (author)2009-07-30

I threw this plane out of my window and it flew more than 100 feet (i was on the roof by the way) this is awsome