Kline/Fogleman Airfoil #1 Paper Airplane

This paper airplane is my interperation of the Kline/Fogleman Airfoil. ?What's that? you ask. It is an airfoil design that incorporates a "step" into the wing, that seems to make a plane fly smoother and with less chance of stalling. It can be stepped on the top or the bottom of the wing. My design is on the bottom, and is adjustable as well, so you can decide how you want your paper airplane to fly.

A more complete history of the Airfoil can be found on this website,


and if that is not working, I have backed the site up here.


Enough technical talk though, it's time to build great flying paper airplane!

Print off a copy of the template here..



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Step 1: Step 1

Print off the template, grab a pair of scissors, some clear tape and a paper clip.

Step 2: Step 2

Fold back along line A, and crease.

Step 3: Step 3

Flip it over.

Step 4: Step 4

Fold in half along line B.

Step 5: Step 5

Cut out this section with an X, and recycle the scrap.

Step 6: Step 6

Cut out the other two sections with an X, and recycle the scraps.

Step 7: Step 7

Open it up.

Step 8: Step 8

Fold down the left corner along line E.

Step 9: Step 9

Fold the right corner down along line E.

Step 10: Step 10

Fold in half.

Step 11: Step 11

Rotate to this position.

Step 12: Step 12

Fold down alone line F.

Step 13: Step 13

Flip it over.

Step 14: Step 14

Fold down along Line F.

Step 15: Step 15

Fold up along Line G.

Step 16: Step 16

Flip it over.

Step 17: Step 17

Fold up along line G.

Step 18: Step 18

Pop the tail up on the right hand side.

Step 19: Step 19

Add the paper clip to the tip on the left.

Step 20: Step 20

Tape the paper clip to the airplane.

Step 21: Step 21

Finished Paper Airplane.

Step 22: Step 22

You can adjust the chord of this paper airplane by pulling down on the two vertical folds under the wing. The depth of the chord will greatly effect the way this plane flies, so feel free to experiement at will!

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Happy Flying!
Uncle Dean :)



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    18 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Scratching my head about the hubbub around the "stepped" wing. Are they talking about the bottom side of the wing, where you can push a finger between the layers and it makes a pocket? I thought almost every paper plane has this, so I must be confused.

    Great plane, anyway. I wonder if it could be a member of the 200+ ft. club even without a paper clip. It couldn't be an official Guinness record with the cutouts, but still...impressive.

    NOTICE! Your link to the template is invalid. Microsoft will not open the file as it claims it is an invalid file source. I would love to make this plane but cannot seem to be able to get ahold of the template.

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    Just tried it, and my computer opened it just fine. But it is an older file type, so that may be the problem. I just added a PDF for you and it is located on this page just under my website information, above step 1 on this page. Hope this helps! dean :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have been looking for this for years. I was in fourth grade and found it in an Omni magazine. I made it and, with a friend, sneeked into the gym between classes to fly it. The magazine boasted it to be the world's longest flying plane. It was the truth because on my first flight it truely circled the gym perimeter three times. We were amazed. It's second flight started out pretty well but became lodged in the rafters and there was no way to recover it. Beforehand I had rallied the teacher for a paper plane contest and thought I would steal the show. Without time and know how to make another that day, I made an ordinary plane and was beat out by some kid who loaded his down with so many paper clips he might as well had thrown a chunk of hematite. Thanks for this post. I haven't read the details, but I do recall the Omni magizine plane template was a heavier paper - similiar to the front or back of a magizine. It had a paper clip and needed some glueing.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Glad to bring a bit of your childhood back! :) I wish the contest had turned out better for you though. If you want to see the original story, I have a link to it on my website


    I have another version of the airfoil as well, and there is a link on that page too.

    I used to have a plastic toy that was based on this design, and it was actually quite awful, it was much tooooo heavy!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Of course it helps; especially for a lazy guy like me who doesn't want to read the who instructions ;) Thanks!

    I don't mean to be rude but i meant a vidoe of it flying. It would be nice to see it compared to a different tyep of paper airplane


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I would enjoy seeing more planes with this airfoil. Please let me know when you post them so I can add links to your designs at www.theonlinepaperairplanemuseum.com so everyone can enjoy them! Dean :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i saw an article about this wing in an early 80s omni magazine. they even had the template printed in two colors on two pages. alas i never made it because i didnt want to cut up the magazine{my ex chucked it in the garbage 10 years later} thanks for the chance to try it again.

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