Introduction: How to Make the Best Paper Airplane the Harrier

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in this Instructable I will show you how to make a really good paper airplane i have pondered and wondered if this is really the best but i have recently done some tests and my conclusion was that yes this was the best paper airplane. the farthest i have gotten this plane to go is 112 feet!!!

Step 1: Fold in Half

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Fold in half so that the longer sides are perpendicular and are the closest to being in half.

Step 2: Fold the Cockpit

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fold the cockpit so that it kind of looks like an arrow if those flaps aren't perfectly aligned that is o.k. for that is what makes the fly so well.

Step 3: Fold the Cockpit Down

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fold the cockpit down so that the ends of the arrow thing are at the edge.

Step 4: Fold Part of the Arrow Down Again

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fold part of the arrow down so that there is roughly a half an inch left down.

Step 5: Fold the 1/2 Inch Upward

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it's simple just fold the 1/2 inch little flap up.

Step 6: Now Fold the Half Up

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fold the plane in half so that the 1/2 inch flap is on the bottom.

Step 7: Fold the Wings

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no fold the wings so that the wings come to the bottom and the bottom of the plane is quite slanted

Step 8: Fold the Wings Up for You're Plane

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now you have you're finished plane if it flies down fold the back of the wings up but your plane should fly really well hold the plane where your 1/2 inch flap and hold it slightly upward.


kfitzgerald6 (author)2017-10-17

is it soupos to fly upside down

MattE76 (author)2017-10-11

yes i did it woo

bstoc010TBM (author)2017-08-07

I did it!

romanr53 (author)2017-05-26

my gf beat me at making this

Parislover (author)2017-05-01


blubber (author)2008-02-29

people make all these different airplanes but i reckon the classic is still the best ill still vote you though coz the other guy didnt make it up everyone knows how to make the classic

Parislover (author)blubber2017-04-28

why is your name blubber cause I love that name❤️

duck-lemon (author)2008-04-07

Do you by any chance have the dangerous book fort boys by Dan and Hal Iggulden?

Parislover (author)duck-lemon2017-04-28

I dont sorry but u don't need it

uhm, i do.

StormD (author)2012-04-11

When I was in 5th grade, my uncle showed me how to make this plane, and my friend and I used to have contests flying them out on the playground at lunch. Our best results came from stacking a neatly folded one with slightly wider wings on top of a more sloppy plane with a narrower wingspan and throwing the stack at a steep upward angle into the wind. The extra mass of the second plane helped us get more inertia and altitude, and then when they separated, the "launcher" would generally spiral down in a nosedive, while the "glider" would soar beautifully across the soccer field. On a good day with just the right breeze and a lucky thermal, we managed flights well over a hundred yards (clear from one end of the soccer pitch past the other). Thanks for resurrecting these memories!

Parislover (author)StormD2017-04-28

cool nobody cares

AceGamer02 (author)2015-03-31

hi was great help

Parislover (author)AceGamer022017-04-28

yeah it was

Schyler Shutler (author)2016-09-13

this plane worked great I am in a science class and we are building planes and seeing which goes farther this plane won and I love it.

Same about the Sceince class we are in Science Class but we didn't do a compittion

Parislover (author)2017-04-28

hey my airplane was awesome

paper air plane pro (author)2015-11-10


paper air plane pro (author)2015-11-10

this is so coooool

JoshuaJ7 (author)2015-08-14

very good

AceGamer02 (author)2015-03-31


whysopsy (author)2013-03-15

yo! this plane may look awkward to you but it actually looks cool to me. i tried this plane out and it was the best plane i had ever made!! thx X0

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Marik I. (author)2012-06-03

Can you reccomend a good way to throw this plane. When I throw it, the plane always curves to the side.

yocum137 (author)2012-04-11

It's got a Kline-Fogelman airfoil which is what makes it fly so well.

dumle (author)2012-04-11

I used to live on the 10th floor and have tested many paper planes on windy and non-windy days. Believe it or not; on a windy day, there is no folded paper plane that beats an unfolded paper for the distance and flight time.

georgeinaplant (author)2012-03-13

this iz a wicked plane

runrun1311 (author)2012-02-14

It flies slow and smooth, like a Hanglider

Kickstart79 (author)2010-12-04

Its called the nakumora lock after mr nakumora its inventer. not the harrier or the hammer.

Mhm. I've seen lots of people take this design and rename it like the "harrier" or "the eastern star".

mayor mc cheese (author)2010-11-13

i love paper air planes

xgenisen (author)2010-02-10

 This airplane is awesome! I found that when u fold the wings if u leave 1/2" at the front and 2" at the back, it flies even better! still AMAZING instructable. 5 stars!!!!

iluvrunescape (author)2008-11-25

thats cheap!!!you got it from the "encyoclopedia of immaturity" book!

napalm008 (author)2008-04-08

i do not but one of my freinds does.

boisei0 (author)2008-03-16

Ah, the Harrier: the best paper plane in the world, the record of this plane is 5 km and 346 meters(!!!). I know, quite much, but it's real!

thegunthing (author)2008-03-04

i must say, this is the best paper airplane i have seen on all of instructables. Flies great, looks great, what else can i ask for?

b2j2 (author)2008-03-02

I remember making one of these about sixty years ago. The teacher was writing on the blackboard (back turned to class). The plane went around the room twice, then out the window!

napalm008 (author)2008-02-29

ya it does fly well really well (not to brag) and if any 1 else wants to enter i wish you all good luck.

Dr.Paj (author)2008-02-29

Wow, I just saw this contest, I would have entered this EXACT AIRPLANE, but I guess going to a jazz contest let you pull ahead.

By the way, this is definitely one of the better airplane designs (if you get it right it flies forever*)

*Forever=less than 1 mile*

napalm008 (author)2008-02-29

well i kind of can i did a test it out i had 20 different paper airplanes that were claimed that they were the best i flew them 3 times each (3rd times the charm) and this one won both of my tests the longest one aflight and the farthest thrown but still there could be a better one out there.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-29

You can't actually guarantee" that it is the best, but it is pretty good.
I use this method a lot.

Darn, you beat me to posting this Instructable... <.<

Wait up buddy... this Instructables doesn't count. You have to add in a 30 second or less video of it flying. :-)

triplebirch (author)2008-02-29

I was thinking about entering this one. And yes, it is the BEST!

ericsnapple (author)2008-02-29

Nooooo...... I was just about to enter this. .\ /. grrr... Good job though, although, when I make mine, I fold it 1/3 of the way up. Also, where's the video? And YES, this is the best design. Ever.

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