Toss It! Speed Challenge: the Classic

About: I study engineering at Virginia Tech. Long time instructables fan.

Well, I hope to kick off this contest with a bang by introducing the airplane that everyone knows and loves, the Classic airplane that you've made on a lazy summer day. This straight and true flyer will be sure to amaze even the youngest inventor, just a few folds and you've got a functional, albeit not so original, airplane.

Step 1: Materials

As anyone who's graduated the third grade would know, making a paper airplane is as simple as tearing out a piece of notebook paper and preforming a few easy folds.

Your materials for this "daunting" task include a standard piece of 8 1/2" by 11" piece of paper (or any other size for that matter, you can do this with anything) and optionally something to crease your paper with to ensure nice clean folds.

Step 2: The First Folds

The first fold of the airplane is a simple one. All that is required is that you fold the paper in half lengthwise, or "hotdog style"

The fold will become the bottom of the plane.

Step 3: Making the Nose

This part is probably the most complicated step, even though this is a simple plane.

Take the corner of one of the sides of the plane and fold it down towards the middle crease. Repeat this action on the other side.

Next you take the edge of the fold you just made and repeat your action by folding it so it is parallel to the middle crease. Once again repeat for both sides.

Optionally you can use the ruler on this step to crease your folds so they are much cleaner and crisper. Nicer folds produce a higher quality and symmetric airplane.

When you have finished these four folds, fold the plane along the middle crease so that both the sides match up.

Step 4: Folding the Wings

The only other task required for this plane is fold the wings. This can be done by laying the plane on its side and folding the top of the paper down on the outside of the plane so that the edge is parallel to the bottom of the middle crease.

It may sound complicated in writing, but the pictures seem to help.

Step 5: Fly!

Video coming at 3:00pm Feb 29, 2008

In order to properly fly the plane, you must hold it by the bottom portion and throw it with the nose pointing slightly up. The exact position to throw it is really a matter of personal preference, you'll find a good position eventually.

Happy, flying, remember to vote for me if you like the instructible, or maybe click refresh once or twice for another page view or two!



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    10 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 5

    this planes awesome


    9 years ago on Introduction

    cut about an inch from the back and fold it inside out then u have a fin


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Crash At Teh Airport! ı just flew it and it landed on my table,stopping by hitting the wall.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    no offense but i think everyone knows the basic plane. If you want to win you got to put in something new.

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Haha, I even credited this 'Ible as unoriginal in the first step. Don't worry, I have several moire plane entries on the way.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The classic. The best. Just recently (before this Instructable. 2 days ago.) learned how to do this... friends do it all the time. Anyways, going to do an Instructable for the contest VERY similar to this. Will be sure to credit you. :-)

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