Long ago, before the internet was invented, we used to make these paper airplanes out of paper torn from our notebooks in class. It looks great and flies fast.
The video shows me making and flying the plane.
Step 1: Dismember a magazine
To keep the tradition alive, I shall build this plane out of scavenged paper - from a magazine.
The first step is to tear off (or cut) a rectangular piece of paper from suitable stock. I am illustrating the process with an old magazine I had lying around.
Step 2: Diagonal fold
Now fold the paper diagonally as shown in the picture. This forms one fold needed for the plane, and also to mark a square shape.
Step 3: Straight fold
Now fold the bottom part upwards. This puts a fold exactly where the rectangular piece of paper may be cut to make it into a square one.
The body of the plane is folded from this large square piece.
The smaller rectangular piece becomes the tail.
Step 4: Cut and separate the tail
Now open up both folds, and tear off or cut at that straight fold. You will end up with a large square piece, to make the body of the plane, and a smaller, rectangular piece, that makes the tail.
Step 5: Fold along the other diagonal
Now fold the paper along the other diagonal and open it up again. You will have a square piece of paper with folds along the two diagonals.
Step 6: Turn paper over
Turn the paper over, so that you are looking at the back of the folds you just made.
Step 7: Parallel fold
Fold the paper in half, so that the three folds cross each other at the centre of the square. Open it up, again.