The Two Loop - Paper Airplane

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A small light paper airplane that has a very simple concept.

Its "Two loop" concept gives it the proper aerodynamics to fly nicely.

This was made for the Toss It contest.

I have also entered it into the pocket sized contest, as one can just shorten the rod and its good!

Here is the video of the flight!


Step 1: Make the Bar

In this step you basically make the bar on which the loops are taped to.

Simply, take an 8.5x11" paper, make marks down the page width wise at 4.25" in (half the page). Then draw a line through these points and cut.

Now take the paper and fold in in small folds (long ways) to get a flat folded piece of paper

Tape the end so it doesn't unravel and then pinch the flat parts to make the bar rounded.

Tape the center, and cut the bar at about 6.5" (the larger the bar the larger the loops need to be, for our size, 6.5" is a good bar size) and you are done the bar!

Alternately, you can use a draw (which might give better aerodynamics), but thats for the lazy people ;)

Step 2: The Loops

Creating the loops is easy:

Cut one strip of paper 1.5cm x 9cm ( sorry for the sudden change of units, but with these small numbers, it turn out to be wonky in inches)

Cut another strip 2cm x 12cm

Fold the strip in a loop, and secure the inside and outside with a single strip of tape.

Repeat for the second loop

And you are done with the loops!

Step 3: The Assembly

To assemble the plane, put a strip of tape on the end of the rod, the insert the rod into the loop and secure it to the bottom. Do this on each end (since we have two loops) and make sure the loops are lighned up for maximum potential.

Step 4: The Flight

To make it fly simply throw it like any other airplane with the loops up.

Heres a short video of me throwing it



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    JWADD

    10 years ago on Introduction

    ok it is a good idea but i could crumple up a piece of paper and throw it farther......

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    LordVGorillazMiko

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    See, the rod is multiple layers of paper since it is folded many times, so it is quite sturdy, the loops (if you fold them down) can just be unfolded a bit, and its works really good.

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    LordVPhoghat

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yes actually you can, I simply wanted to show how one could be made with a sheet of paper. But yes, a straw would work.

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    gmjhowe

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, i was waiting for someone to list this one! its a classic. It wouldnt really survive in your pocket tho would it?

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    LordVgmjhowe

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, even when you squish the loops, you can "unsquish" them and it flys ok.