Introduction: Make a Super PaperJet and Fly Over a 5-story Building

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The Super PaperJet is a paper airplane that can fly over a 5-story building. It's launched with a rubber band.

The construction is really simple, you just need:

- A sheet of paper (letter or A4 size)

- A knife and cutting board (or scissors)

- A rubber band

Let's get started!

Step 1: Cut the Sheet of Paper in Two

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Start by folding the sheet of paper in half width-wise, and cut it in two pieces. We just need one of them.

Step 2: Folding No. 1

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Open the paper back up and fold the top two corners inward. Keeping a little gap where they meet along the crease will help the folding later and keep the paper layers flat.

Step 3: Folding No. 2

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Fold both sides so the corners meet again in the center line.

Step 4: Folding No. 3

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Repeat the folding of both sides to the center line. This starts looking like a very fast jet!

Step 5: The Wings

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To shape the wings keep the plane folded along the crease, and fold along a line parallel to the bottom edge of the plane.

Step 6: Anchor for the Rubber Band

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To cut the anchor where the rubber band will hook into, I'd recommend using a knife. You can use scissors too, you just need to be careful so the to cuts meet in one sharp point, otherwise the rubber band may get stuck in it.

Step 7: Selecting the Rubber Band

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Choosing the right rubber is key to get your Super PaperJet fly very far. For maximum reach, we want the rubber band to be long, with good stretch and strength. Try stretching the rubber band - if it returns to the same length that's good, if it becomes longer after the stretch that's not good.

You can also use a longer rubber band, e.g. from a file folder. That's what I was using at school and I was close to reach the length of a soccer field!

Step 8: How to Grab the Rubber Band

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You can experiment with this, but that's my choice on using the rubber band:

- Create a triangle with the pinkie, the index finger and the thumb.

- Stretch the rubber band from the pinkie.

- Pass the rubber band around the index finger and the thumb.

This way there is not rubber on the way of the plane, and all the length and strength of the rubber band is on the plane side.

Step 9: Time to Fly!

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Find an open space for the test launch so you get a sense of how fast and far this plane can go - a park, a baseball field, etc.

If you think you've got a Super PaperJet that can beat the record, make a video and post it to the comments!


Isaacwotwot made it! (author)2016-09-21

really cool! Teachers recommend it! Didn't turn out so well as yours but whatever!

AnmaS1 (author)2016-05-31

Nice fingers!!

Boolean Operator (author)2016-05-27

Great Instrucable, just made this with my 7 yr old son. He loves it, too. We have to make more. First one is already on the roof. Ooops.

alan.swaffer (author)2016-05-26

This has brought back memories of a slim and elegant hardback book I picked up at a car boot sale. Entitled "Principles of Aeronautics" it contained a selection of paper aeroplane patterns!

rpotts2 (author)alan.swaffer2016-05-26

Ooooo, I may have read that. Did it feature the Klein-Fogelman Wing? THAT is an awesome design.

alan.swaffer (author)rpotts22016-05-27

Can't give you a definitive answer to that as the book is packed away as we are moving house soon. I note that you use the word "read" so I doubt it is the same one. Mine has no words in it at all, just the patterns.

rpotts2 (author)2016-05-26

Nicely done! I thought I was the only person that made those little speeders...

jimbayes (author)2016-05-26

People can complain about the video, but they'll stop complaining once they've made this super sweet paperjet. You get two jets from one sheet of paper and it really does fly high and far. I'll be sharing this with my nieces & nephews.

pete.hohensee (author)2016-05-26

A better video would be appreciated.

TeresaM7 (author)pete.hohensee2016-05-26

You can't follow it, either? I even tried going forward a few frames at a time. As soon as it leaves his hands, it's gone :(

steven.parker.357 (author)2016-05-26

Great instructable. Going to do this next time im at work and business is slow.

urisoto613 (author)2016-05-26

Super flight, excellent!!!

Satin pun intentended (author)2014-12-02

Do they make people-strength rubber bands?

I was thinking of my Mother-in-Law, as she frequently forgets to bring her broom when visiting.

I didn't know my sister-in-law was married!

jchesnut1973 (author)2016-05-26

Wow, this is really well done. Your illustrations are clear and simple. I forwarded this to all my students who try to build paper airplanes in class.

Waste Of Space (author)2016-05-26

If you weight the front of the plane with a paper clip it will go even further.

ТвинкБ (author)2016-05-26

"НУ ТУПЫЫЕЕЕ" :) А ведь этим мы ещё в школе во ворпмена СССР страдали(только резинка была кусок рыболовного жгута).

AnnaM131 (author)2016-03-25

realy cool, thanks!

Blackmumba made it! (author)2015-09-16

Ini percobaan kedua saya, sebelumnya gagal disaat folding ke 3. Hasilnya,pesawat ini sudah bisa terbang di dalam rumah dan menunggu hari sabtu untuk dicoba diluar rumah.

thatguy11 made it! (author)2015-06-03

flew over my house!!! AWESOME XD

Zolf (author)2015-02-24

i made this and it is awesome

jasemhi13 (author)2015-02-23

Did this with my 3 year old son, he loved it. The rubber band idea was new, so this added a layer to the project of making paper planes that we both enjoyed. Thanks for putting together.

abusakthi (author)2014-09-09

That was really cool...i just return into my childhood days

MarshallHollingsworth (author)2014-08-16

Mine didn't turn out as nice as yours but still worked pretty well.

Christian M (author)2014-08-15

This guy is really good at this!
Nice work!

wthit56 (author)2014-08-06

Kinda wish there was a video. The gif could easily be a camera trick; the plane just disappears from one still to the next. Could you upload the original to youtube or something?

ishback (author)wthit562014-08-09

Here is the video, which we shot using my phone:

Even in slow motion it's difficult to recognize the plane, which gets blended in the bright sky. So I decided to make a gif instead which is more fun!

lshoff (author)2014-08-02

you should make an instructable on how to make moving pictures

ishback (author)lshoff2014-08-02

Hi Ishoff - I converted a video in a GIF using Photoshop's 'import video frames to layers' feature. I just found an instructable that shows how to do it:

You can control the timing of each frame and add text or graphics to any frame, as in the intro image of this instructable.

permutation-jim (author)ishback2014-08-06

Also, here's a link for the same sort of thing in (free) GIMP. It works in Windows, Mac and Linux (which I use). There are a lot of guides, but this is the one I started with.

"... with which I started." -Sorry

dlindstrom (author)2014-08-05

Thanks for reminding me how much fun a sheet of paper and a rubber band can be!

Blacksedan47 (author)2014-08-05

wow what fun, I haven't made a paper airplane in 20 years. the simplest ideas that cost no money are always the best. I think we are going to have to have a space race today at the office. very nice Job, thank you

rubberducky2459 (author)2014-08-05

works awsome

samalert (author)2014-08-04

Dude the doodling was awesome man. Like hot chocolate on a choco lava cake !

teethlikelions (author)2014-08-03

Just fired this off with the kids. didn't get quite as high/far, but they loved it anyhow. Thanks!

MarauderX (author)2014-08-03

nice. we are experimenting with more bands and better accuracy using weights. we haven't made it over the house yet.

k-willem (author)2014-08-03

this is awesome :D !!!!

nof1 (author)2014-08-03

Love the instructions. Well done.

3Yash3 (author)2014-08-03

good ! but so complicated

padbravo (author)2014-08-02

Are you making a tutorial on how to make an instructable?
you make very clear all the important points, designed each picture including the remarks... great instructable

mayday12 (author)2014-08-02

Is this David Rees? XD Nice 'Ible

Pat_Maroney (author)2014-08-02

I love your use of sticky notes as opposed to the yellow boxes you can insert into your instructables. Very awesome touch.

AssassinzSinpZ (author)2014-08-02

Whoa! I am very impressed!

erik237 (author)2014-08-01

Very, very well done Instructable! Very clear photos and the GIF's are greatI really liked the post-it's with important info. Don't put someone's eye out.......

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