How to Make a Returning Plane ("The Arrow Plane")




Introduction: How to Make a Returning Plane ("The Arrow Plane")

In this instructable you will learn how to make a returning plane. Whenever you are to lazy to get off your butt you can fly this all day (if you want). I made this when I was bored and I was experimenting with the classic plane to see if I could improve it. It will look like an arrow when it is finished.

Copyright: plzhelp = 2008-Armeggedon. Policy* you can make it but you can't claim the idea as yours.

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Step 1: Fold One

Get a A4 sheet of paper like this

Step 2: Fold Two

Fold the sheet of paper in half

Step 3: Fold Three

For people who know how to make a classic (normal) paper aeroplane then skip to step 7. Unfold, then fold the top right and left hand corners into the centre like so.

Step 4: Fold Four

Fold the corners again like so.

Step 5: Fold Five

Fold plane in half

Step 6: Here Is the Classic Plane

Here it is! But there is a few more steps and the plane will look a lot different to just a normal plane.

Step 7: Now the Cutting...

Don't worry this is the only step where you have to cut! The plane should now sort of look like an arrow.

Step 8: Unfolding

After you have cut those corners, unfold the plane so it look like step 3 (with the creases and cuts in it).

Step 9: The Envelope

Fold the top (peak where diagonal meet) down like an envelope with about 2 centimetres gaps from the top (this is not really needed but the plane will work better with these gaps).

Step 10: Making the Plane Look Cool!

Fold the top right and left corners of the envelope to the centre.

Step 11: Keeping the Plane Together (support)

Fold the little flap over the wings by pulling it upwards and folding it down. This is done to secure the plane in flight.

Step 12: Nearly Finished...

Fold the plane in half.

Step 13: The Final Step!

Fold the plane out like so. Sorry if I didn't explain this step very well. If you have any improvements to this plane then just add a comment! Thanks for looking at my instructable and I will keep thinking of ideas to help entertain you!


Throw at about a 80 degree angle hopefully it will fly and loop back to. Experiment by throwing to the left or right to you. But always throw upwards. You could even tease people by throwing it upwards towards them and then it coming back to you! Ok have fun!

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    7 Discussions


    10 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    hi, i know a how to make a plane that comes back to you and you don't need to cut it. I might put it on my blog.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, please do. I was just mucking around when I made this plane 4 years ago but I would like to know how to make a plane that you don't have to cut up!


    9 years ago on Step 13

    Your plane is awesome. I've been flying it for a while now..
    Good job! :D


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 13

    Thanks mate, I was experimenting with planes because the generic ones were getting boring. Glad it worked!