Introduction: Paper Aeroplane: Thunder Bomber

This is one of the very best of paper aeroplanes, it is extremely stable in flight and glides excellently. It is fairly easy to make with no complex folds and no cutting needed.

Step 1: Step 1

Take an A4 piece of paper and find a smooth, flat surface to do your folding.

1. Crease down the vertical centre of the paper from side to side, then unfold.

2. Fold across the horizontal centre of the paper from top to bottom.

3. Now you have to fold the paper along a line from the top of the central fold to the bottom corner.

4. It should look like so.

5. Now fold from the top corners to the crease that you just made.

6 You should now end up with this.

Step 2: The Tricky Bits

1. Refold the folds that you just made, so that both creases face towards each other. Now push the corners down, so that the top corners are now inverted down inside the rest of the folded piece of paper.

2 & 3. It should now be like this.

4. Fold along the dotted line to join point A to B, then repeat on the other side of the paper.


Step 3: The Final Folds

1. Fold the top flap back and then fold down the centre line.

2. It should now look like this. Fold each 'wing' outwards horizontally at around the place shown on the picture.

3. It will now look like this.

You may have noticed that the end of the wings are split, there is a reason for this, they are folded up and help to stabilise the plane in flight (but they look cool too!)

4&5. Fold from the top wing tip upwards from where the top front flap meets the wing beneath it (keep it inline with the back line of wind so it stands straight and perpendicular to the plane's body.

6. The Thunder Bomber is now finished!

Step 4: Flight

When throwing the plane hold it by the body in the middle so that it feels balanced, then aim, move your elbow forward and gently flick your wrist so that it glides through the air.
Now all that is left to do is ENJOY!

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jcm0595 made it!(author)2016-10-10

the most garbage instructions I've ever seen... I'm sure there is worse; but the instructions shouldn't be just pictures with little squares saying fold from here to here with no results and jumping way ahead of yourself. Very confusing!

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RobinisGG made it!(author)2016-03-15

Super thank you very much for this guide

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vtoma1 made it!(author)2011-11-24

mine sucks.i did it just like in the instructions but flies like someone burnt it

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zdog121 made it!(author)2015-05-16

so who cares

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djbox9 made it!(author)2012-02-25

lol

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BrookeS4 made it!(author)2015-04-24

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chris.chew.7543 made it!(author)2015-01-30

I'd like to be nice, but honestly these are the worst instructions I have ever across and I regularly make origami and paper planes. To start with it can't be an A4 piece of paper as the creases don't line up from the folds you demonstrate. Secondly, if you're going to number your instructions, then number your photos so we can match them up. Overall, a very frustrating exercise and I'll look elsewhere to make this plane.

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milimojo made it!(author)2014-12-09

You guys should put a video

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eespinosa made it!(author)2014-10-20

It had me scratching my head towards the end, but I finally figured it out. My son loved it!!

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whoohoo made it!(author)2013-07-19

Mine rocks, awesome plane.
My friend made one and it flew near my head slowly.just needed a camera!

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chin2293 made it!(author)2012-04-14

mine is not flying well please mention sumthing abt hhow to throw fr best flight

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jamesfgr made it!(author)2009-07-23

instructions are unclear and pictures unhelpful.

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Loosewire%3B+SOE+Operative made it!(author)2009-08-01

Thanks, glad you liked it.

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rawknexstuff made it!(author)2012-01-29

I disagree with James, I feel it was done quite well, and I'm a freshman in high school!

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jmoore33 made it!(author)2011-10-28

oh im stuck at step 3

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orenski made it!(author)2011-08-05

My son LOVES this bomber plane! I also got a bit lost on the "1. Fold the top flap back and then fold down the centre line. " part, but worked backwards when I got to the end and realised I needed to do this for both sides and then carry on. This is the second time I have made it and I now remember that I mucked up in the same place :) Thanks so much for taking the time to post this, makes my life easier as my son is obsessed with paper planes at the moment!

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OrigamiAirEnforcer made it!(author)2011-08-06

Perhaps he should take a look at some of my projects too... :)

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xxjjxx3 made it!(author)2009-09-19

Cool plane, but my plane does not have a split at the end.....

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xxjjxx3 made it!(author)2009-09-19

Actually I got it now tnx for the Instructable.

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obsessedfry made it!(author)2011-07-10

how'd you get it? the split, that's where i'm lost hahah!

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xxjjxx3 made it!(author)2011-07-19

Well, that was a while ago, I might have to go through this again to find out.

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babbler254 made it!(author)2010-09-18

The instructions are very unclear! I'm dead at step 3!

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commentnlookr made it!(author)2011-07-18

look it up in a paper airplane book.

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ldavis8 made it!(author)2011-07-12

its brilliant flyer

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obsessedfry made it!(author)2011-07-10

i got a little lost on the transition from step two to step three, mostly the "fold the top flap back" part, but otherwise awesome! thanksS

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tinker234 made it!(author)2011-06-10

wow this would be a cool airplane

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sirdoken2 made it!(author)2011-05-30

Did it extremely wrong >.<

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mtobin made it!(author)2011-03-26

I can't see anything on this pics -.-

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amos41 made it!(author)2011-02-20

This thing really flies well!

Watching the YouTube video really helped too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6plESjz04c

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midas_jack made it!(author)2010-12-27

Excellent!
Thanks for this plane

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Aerofan made it!(author)2010-12-26

mine just rolled and crashed 10 feet away

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Mr.Unknown made it!(author)2010-12-02

what do u mean from here to here i dont understand how u fold it making it more clear would be nice

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Loosewire%3B+SOE+Operative made it!(author)2010-12-13

So that those two points touch.

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miggythepiggy made it!(author)2010-11-27

i saw a video on youtube if you are having a difficult time

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PAULI18 made it!(author)2010-11-25

maybe next time use a paper that has one color on one side and another on the other.

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trebor_29 made it!(author)2010-06-19

This is an excellent plane. The instructions were a little difficult to understand, but I got there in the end, and it flies really well! Thanks a lot.

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rawknexstuff made it!(author)2010-09-29

Exactly!

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tomsta14 made it!(author)2010-09-12

didn't understand at all

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naruto954 made it!(author)2010-05-15

help plz on step 3

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NerdBoy made it!(author)2010-03-08

Great plane, Loosewire. Glides beautifully.

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lasersgopew made it!(author)2010-04-29

Agreed.

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lasersgopew made it!(author)2010-04-29

I would say your mind is underdeveloped before I would blame the author.

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imcharly made it!(author)2010-03-17

this plane is from the book ._.;, the book as more instructions so its easier to make, go to the library and look for the book

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lasersgopew made it!(author)2010-04-29

Seriously who cares, why would we go get the book when the planes are right here, his explained all that's needed.

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richardsavage made it!(author)2009-08-13

The instructions take a bit of lateral thinking, but the plane flies very well. Very well worth the effort.

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lasersgopew made it!(author)2010-04-29

Indeed worth the effort, it's definatly more stable than The Harrier and with The Harrier you have to get it perfect.

 

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Instructable+Maker made it!(author)2010-04-23

You should make the instructions a bit clearer. I haven't undertood anything. Make more steps or something. It looks cool at the end though.

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jdwatson made it!(author)2010-04-10

it took me a while to get it right but it was well worth it and it looks sweet too. :)

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just13 made it!(author)2010-03-23

the finished product looks very nice, but the instructions are unclear

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miley494 made it!(author)2009-09-09

this is very confusing i dont understand how u got that in the forth pic HELP ME !!!!

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