Introduction: Simple Paper Air Plane.
A quick, simple, plane that has an amazing glide ratio.
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Step 1: What You're Going to Need. (Very Short List...)
You will need exactly one sheet of 8.5x11" computer paper (or other paper of equal proportion) and about one minute of your life.
It might also be helpful to have a flat, level, surface to work on but it isn't a necessity.
Step 2: Start Folding!
Fold the paper so that the two longer edges are touching, crease the fold lightly--The crease will be tightened later, for now it is just a guide line.
Step 3: Next Fold (more of an Anti Fold..you'll See)
OK, unfold the paper so that is flat (ish, it should still have bit of a curve/crease to it.
Step 4: Another Fold(s)!
Now, fold the two, top (one of the shorter sides), corners into the center line.
Your doing well, lets keep going ;-)
Step 5: Geting Clocer.
OK, you've made it this far, just a bit more.
Now fold the point you've just made down, onto the center line, about an inch (this distance isn't really important, just an ish figure will do). Give this fold a good crease, it is critical to the structure of the enter plane.
Step 6: Yet Another Fold....
Now you are going to fold another point, just like you did in step 4. The folds will be placed on the edge you just folded over (in step 5). If you fold this properly a small tab will be left at the bottem Look at the first picture, it's more discriptive than I am.
Now fold the tab up over the two flaps(see the second pic), later this will hold the flaps down.
Step 7: A Quick Flip, and Then Come the Folds...
Flip the plane over so that the upside is now faceing down.
Easy peasy lemon squeasy. (Lame line-lol)
Step 8: The All Important Tip (no Innuendo Intended)
Fold the point, aka the nose, back about one inch along the center line. (see the pic, again it is more descriptive than I am.)
Step 9: The Wings........They Will Let You Fly
Fold the plane in half, along the center line, this time with a hard crease.
Now fold the first wing down, being sure to give the nose a good squeeze---Then repeat with the second wing.
Sorry the pic is blurred.
Step 10: Fluf Da' Wings
Pinching the keel of the plane, so that the wings are held out by your finger tips. With your other hand, pull the wings out, with a light touch to about 30*. Then adjust them further so that they are level.
Step 11: Flight Path Adjustments.
After you have through the plane once or twice you can make some subtle adjustments to it's flight path.
1) If the plane turns left, angle the right wing tip up.
2) If the plane turns right, angle the left wing tip up.
3) If the plane has a drastic downward curve, angel both wing tips up.
4) If the plane swings up and stalls, angle the wing tips down.
I hope you enjoy this fantastic little plane.
Live long and prosper.