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Here I show you how to fold a paper airplane.

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Step 1: Take one sheet of paper (A4 or letter)

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You can either take a blank sheet or print out the pdf files.
Print fly1.pdf on on side and fly2.pdf on the other (of one sheet).
The two "Print arrows" must point in the same direction!

I also make a color version of the airplan with a jet engine (see: fly_color1.pdf and fly_color2.pdf).
Hope you like it.
fly1.pdf(595x842) 5 KB
fly2.pdf(595x842) 6 KB
fly color1.pdf(595x842) 1 MB
fly color2.pdf(595x842) 574 KB

Step 2: Lets start folding

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Fold the upper right corner down to the left side of the paper (#1). Open up again and repeat it with the left corner (#2).

Step 3: Turning Point

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Turn the page. Fold the top third down (#3). The fold should be in the center of the cross!

Step 4: Two stars join

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Turn the page again. Now put together the two stars and press down the top part.

Step 5: Go on

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Fold two layers of the triangle to the top corner (#4). After that fold the whole top corner down to the horizontal line (#5).

Step 6: Fold a handle

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Fold in half (#6). Flip over and fold at line #7.
Now you have a handle.

Step 7: Winglets

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Fold 1/3 of the wing (#8) towards the center. Last time flip over and fold 1/2 of the winglet in opposite direction(#9).

In the color Version I build in "landing flaps". With a scissor you cut the flaps twice and bend them up- or downwards to get better flying characteristics.

dacodemasta7 years ago
nice instructions, i remember making this airplane from a book i got it flys pretty dang well.
Yay Klutz books!
WattSekunde7 years ago
Good idea to put the nice PDFs online!
Very good job! I'm actually posting mine right now. I'm recording the video on the roof as well, as planned yesterday at night. Had to wait till now... great job!