Introduction: Paper Aeroplane: Thunder Bomber

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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

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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

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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

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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!


jcm0595 (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!

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

Super thank you very much for this guide

vtoma1 (author)2011-11-24

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

zdog121 (author)vtoma12015-05-16

so who cares

djbox9 (author)vtoma12012-02-25


BrookeS4 (author)2015-04-24

chris.chew.7543 (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.

milimojo (author)2014-12-09

You guys should put a video

eespinosa (author)2014-10-20

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

whoohoo (author)2013-07-19

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

chin2293 (author)2012-04-14

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

jamesfgr (author)2009-07-23

instructions are unclear and pictures unhelpful.

Thanks, glad you liked it.

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

jmoore33 (author)2011-10-28

oh im stuck at step 3

orenski (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!

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

xxjjxx3 (author)2009-09-19

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

xxjjxx3 (author)xxjjxx32009-09-19

Actually I got it now tnx for the Instructable.

obsessedfry (author)xxjjxx32011-07-10

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

xxjjxx3 (author)obsessedfry2011-07-19

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

babbler254 (author)2010-09-18

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

commentnlookr (author)babbler2542011-07-18

look it up in a paper airplane book.

ldavis8 (author)2011-07-12

its brilliant flyer

obsessedfry (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

tinker234 (author)2011-06-10

wow this would be a cool airplane

sirdoken2 (author)2011-05-30

Did it extremely wrong >.<

mtobin (author)2011-03-26

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

amos41 (author)2011-02-20

This thing really flies well!

Watching the YouTube video really helped too:

midas_jack (author)2010-12-27

Thanks for this plane

Aerofan (author)2010-12-26

mine just rolled and crashed 10 feet away

Mr.Unknown (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

So that those two points touch.

miggythepiggy (author)2010-11-27

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

PAULI18 (author)2010-11-25

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

trebor_29 (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.

rawknexstuff (author)trebor_292010-09-29


tomsta14 (author)2010-09-12

didn't understand at all

naruto954 (author)2010-05-15

help plz on step 3

NerdBoy (author)2010-03-08

Great plane, Loosewire. Glides beautifully.

lasersgopew (author)NerdBoy2010-04-29


lasersgopew (author)2010-04-29

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

imcharly (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

lasersgopew (author)imcharly2010-04-29

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

richardsavage (author)2009-08-13

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

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


Instructable Maker (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.

jdwatson (author)2010-04-10

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

just13 (author)2010-03-23

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

miley494 (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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