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World's best Paper Airplane - simple and sturdy

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I love airplanes.  As you are reading this, you probably have at least a little interest in planes as well.  And as any kid will tell you, arguably the best kinds of airplanes are of the "paper" variety.  They are simple in construction, cheap in materials, and most importantly, a helluva lot of fun.  At least, all the ones I ever enjoyed making and flying as a kid were.  

Millions of paper airplane designs exist; every kid seems to know a different one.  But by far the best paper airplane I have ever flown was taught to me by my dad, who learned it from his dad when he was a kid in the 60's.  In fact, my grandpa invented this design (he was a draftsman, an airplane mechanic in WWII and the Korean War, and holds several patents).  So I made this sound like my family's secret paper airplane legacy, but we've taught it to tons of people over the decades so it can hardly be called a secret.  Now I'm going to teach it to you.

One more thing:  This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 3 (http://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-3-Open/).           <--- check it out !
 
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Step 1: Materials needed....

A. Single. Sheet. Of. Paper.  8.5' x 11'.

That's it.  This isn't one of those fancy cut-cut-tape-tape-fold-fold paper airplanes; this is pure old-fashioned paper folding. 

If you are fanatical about your creases, you could also use the edge of a ruler to run along them, but your fingers should do well enough for most people.

Step 2: Construction - Step 1

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Placing your paper vertically (portrait view), first fold your paper in half vertically.

Step 3: Construction - Step 2

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Unfold the paper.  This leaves a reference crease down the center, which I have marked in red.
monkeynuts2 years ago
you copied me exactly and i published mine before you so don't copy
This design is on this site several times. I'm sure you didn't invent this so get over it. Also, this one is way better than yours, providing more detail and better quality pictures. Great Instructable.
ATTILAtheHUNgry (author)  rolltidehank2 years ago
Indeed. It's impossible to look at every airplane on the site to check for duplicates before you post.

Thanks for the compliments.
Does the plane have a name? Like I know some planes are called things like "the Hawk" and stuff like that. What about this one?
I learned it from my dad, who learned it from my grandpa, so I always just called it "Grandpa's paper airplane" :) Super lame name, I know.
sorry I was mad that day
ATTILAtheHUNgry (author)  monkeynuts2 years ago
np.
Dude whats wrong with you mind your own business and my pictures are better quality
Dude whats wrong with you mind your own business and my pictures are better quality