The Hybrid: Quite Possibly the Best Paper Airplane Ever

Introduction: The Hybrid: Quite Possibly the Best Paper Airplane Ever

Hello Instructablers!
Today I will be showing you how to make what is quite possibly the best paper airplane ever.
It is extremely versatile and easy to fold. What do I mean by versatile? I mean that it can be a glider, stunt, or dart, all by changing the throwing methods and almost nothing else*. So, without further ado I present The Hybrid

WARNING: This is an Instructable on how to make something that flies! Be afraid! Be very very afraid! No not really, just careful. And remember, I am not responsible for any injuries or very angry hamsters. 

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

To make The Hybrid you will need:
- A sheet of paper (8.5 x 11)
- Some tape or preferably a paperclip (not shown)
- A pencil
- A ruler (not shown)
- At least one hand (works better with two)

When you have procured all of the listed items (Sort of hard for the hand if you don't have one already) please proceed to the next step.

Step 2: The Beginning Folds

This part is simple. Fold the paper in half across the narrow side, (hot dog) crease, then unfold. Flip the paper over and fold along the crease in the opposite direction. Leave it like that and proceed to the next step.

Step 3: The Nose

Fold up the corners of the paper to the edge of the paper (if you are confused, look at the picture) crease, and then flip over and do the same thing on the other side. When you are done with that, fold the corner in to the crease (As before, look at the picture) and flip it over and repeat on the other side. Next, fold the new corner in along the crease (Picture!) and unfold along center crease. Proceed to the next step. 

Step 4: The Nose, Continued

I have put all instructions as notations on the pictures, and I am feeling too lazy to type them out here, so look at the pictures and all will be made clear, then go to the next step.

Step 5: The Wings

Ok, I'm not going to bother doing the text part any more, so follow the pictures, and when you're done, proceed to the next step,
et cetera, et cetera.

Step 6: The Dihedral

Make a dihedral angle with the wings so it looks like the picture, and make sure the plane is symmetrical. 

Step 7: Done!

There are three main ways to fly:
Dart: Keep the paperclip and throw it hard at any angle between 0 and 45 degrees.
Glider: Get rid of the paperclip and throw it softly at any angle between 0 and 45 degrees.
Stunt: I haven't experimented much with this since I don't use stunt planes much, but as far as I have seen, just throw it any way that's not the way to throw it as a dart or a glider.

Have fun and be sure to like & comment!

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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago

    For a stunt plane bend the wing tips up or down (opposite to desired direction) or in different directions to make it spin, it doesn't matter how you throw it after that


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the tip!
    Is it all right with you if I post your observation on my Instructables?


    1 year ago

    i dont understand step 3


    Well,I made a new plane, not giving up on the idea (or paper) and I flew it, this time not making the same wet mistake!


    I just Made one. It took about 8 minutes. I flew it...... Lets get the main part, My house has 2 ponds inside, and on the first flight *splash* *Kaboom*. Oh dear! STILL it flies great and fast!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I knew it was strong, but not THAT strong... And yeah... at first it does take a while to make it.