Paper Aeroplane: Thunder Bomber

About: I'm in my final year of Product Design at uni so I don't have as much time for tinkering as I'd like. When I'm free I enjoy making props,mechanical models and an ever-growing 1/72 model of wartime Stalingrad...

This is one of the very best of paper aeroplanes, it is extremely stable in flight and glides excellently. It is fairly easy to make with no complex folds and no cutting needed.

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Step 1: Step 1

Take an A4 piece of paper and find a smooth, flat surface to do your folding.

1. Crease down the vertical centre of the paper from side to side, then unfold.

2. Fold across the horizontal centre of the paper from top to bottom.

3. Now you have to fold the paper along a line from the top of the central fold to the bottom corner.

4. It should look like so.

5. Now fold from the top corners to the crease that you just made.

6 You should now end up with this.

Step 2: The Tricky Bits

1. Refold the folds that you just made, so that both creases face towards each other. Now push the corners down, so that the top corners are now inverted down inside the rest of the folded piece of paper.

2 & 3. It should now be like this.

4. Fold along the dotted line to join point A to B, then repeat on the other side of the paper.

Step 3: The Final Folds

1. Fold the top flap back and then fold down the centre line.

2. It should now look like this. Fold each 'wing' outwards horizontally at around the place shown on the picture.

3. It will now look like this.

You may have noticed that the end of the wings are split, there is a reason for this, they are folded up and help to stabilise the plane in flight (but they look cool too!)

4&5. Fold from the top wing tip upwards from where the top front flap meets the wing beneath it (keep it inline with the back line of wind so it stands straight and perpendicular to the plane's body.

6. The Thunder Bomber is now finished!

Step 4: Flight

When throwing the plane hold it by the body in the middle so that it feels balanced, then aim, move your elbow forward and gently flick your wrist so that it glides through the air.
Now all that is left to do is ENJOY!

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154 Discussions


Question 7 months ago on Step 1

Do you think that it’s better to have a picture for each step?


3 years ago

the most garbage instructions I've ever seen... I'm sure there is worse; but the instructions shouldn't be just pictures with little squares saying fold from here to here with no results and jumping way ahead of yourself. Very confusing!


7 years ago on Step 4

mine sucks.i did it just like in the instructions but flies like someone burnt it

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I'd like to be nice, but honestly these are the worst instructions I have ever across and I regularly make origami and paper planes. To start with it can't be an A4 piece of paper as the creases don't line up from the folds you demonstrate. Secondly, if you're going to number your instructions, then number your photos so we can match them up. Overall, a very frustrating exercise and I'll look elsewhere to make this plane.


4 years ago

You guys should put a video


5 years ago

It had me scratching my head towards the end, but I finally figured it out. My son loved it!!


6 years ago on Introduction

Mine rocks, awesome plane.
My friend made one and it flew near my head slowly.just needed a camera!


7 years ago on Introduction

mine is not flying well please mention sumthing abt hhow to throw fr best flight


8 years ago on Step 3

My son LOVES this bomber plane! I also got a bit lost on the "1. Fold the top flap back and then fold down the centre line. " part, but worked backwards when I got to the end and realised I needed to do this for both sides and then carry on. This is the second time I have made it and I now remember that I mucked up in the same place :) Thanks so much for taking the time to post this, makes my life easier as my son is obsessed with paper planes at the moment!

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Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

Actually I got it now tnx for the Instructable.