The "Super Bullet"- Possibly the Fastest Paper Airplane Ever?





My friends made this airplane in science class one day, and when they threw it, I was amazed at the speed- It was actually quite a bit faster than a shot from the NAR Knex gun (although it won't get the serious range that the NAR gets, but it goes decently far).  I have looked all over the internet, using search engines on Google, Youtube, and Instructables, and haven't found any tutorials for this type of airplane. (I used the search line "Fastest paper airplane")

This airplane is asymmetrical, has a thick and heavy tip, and a slimline design.

WARNING- this airplane really DOES fly fast, unless you don't put power into your throw.  If thrown around people in a crowded room, make sure everyone wears safety goggles.

This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 5

Video coming soon, possibly 5/30 at the earliest.

Step 1: Starting Off...

To start off, you need a sheet of normal printer paper (Picture 1 ).  Fold one corner of it downward (picture 2 ), so the corner touches the opposite edge.  Now fold the edge the corner is touching downwards (Picture 3 ). 

This next part is tricky to explain in words, but if you follow the pictures (I tried my best to get a High-res picture), it should be fairly simple.  Fold the resulting edge on the top right corner on the paper down diagonally, making sure to follow the line created by the previous fold (Picture 4 ).  Now fold it in a similar way (Picture 5 ).  Keep going until the very tip is wrapped around itself (Pictures 6-8 ).

That should do for now.  Proceed to step 2.  Man, I probably should have edited in some arrows using Paint but oh well.

Step 2: Final Folds.

This next part is slightly tricky.  You must now fold the hanging tip into a pocket on the airplane that was created in the last step.  This keeps the airplane together.

First things first, you need to create a pocket.  Use your fingers, and try your best to replicate Picture 1 .  Now tuck the tip into the pocket as shown in Picture 2 .  Fold your airplane in half, making sure that the side with this pocket is face up .

Congratulations!  You've finished your super bullet!  But now, you need to know how to hold and throw your airplane.  For holding and throwing, proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Holding and Throwing.

Here is where you learn to hold and throw it.  To hold the plane, just look at the pictures. They show you your finger positioning on both sides. To throw it, hold your hand back like you were throwing a regular ball, but with your fingers in the position to hold the plane.  Now just throw it as if you were throwing a baseball, and throw it as hard as you possibly can, but with the plane's nose perpendicular to the ground.

The speed at which it goes depends on the strength but if you can throw a ball pretty fast, this plane will also go EXTREMELY FAST.  Hope you have fun with your new plane!  It should last for a while too.



    • Baking Challenge

      Baking Challenge
    • Holiday Decor

      Holiday Decor
    • Big and Small Contest

      Big and Small Contest

    40 Discussions


    1 year ago

    when was this project made?


    2 years ago

    It's more like a rocket than a plane because it goes very fast but spins


    5 years ago

    Are you kidding me? This is the "fastest" yeah, good joke hate to be rude but it sucks, it's 2013 I thought people were past these "kid like" ariplanes

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Step 3

    Is it supposed to spiral as it flies???


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry to burst your bubble kid, but, I've seen faster. Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome plane! However, as for it possibly being "the fastest paper airplane ever"? That's not happening. Just watch the video on this link, and, at 0:39, you'll see what I mean. In the video, it pretty much looks like the guy swings his arm forward with the plane in it, and the plane disappears. Just watch.

    1 reply
    DJ Radiocbradio0109

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Stuff gets broken every day, this design actually was an old record holder. I don't keep up with paper airplane tech obviously, so I wouldn't have known. Thanks for pointing it out though.


    Scientists in Japan are designing a paper rocket that is capable of way more than the speed of sound. This is awesome, great job.

    3 replies
    TheFoofinatorDJ Radio

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, they made a model of it in a hypersonic wind tunnel, and and got it to I think 3 times the speed of sound before the paper ripped it's the shape that they are looking at, to increase the efficiency of rockets, so lightweight materials can be used.


    You can't see what is being thrown at any point in that video. It might as well be a paper ball wrapped around a rock.