I have very fond memories of my "Grampa D" from when I was little. He taught me how to make the World's Best Paper Airplane and today I can share it with you. This paper airplane design has been enjoyed and played with for 3 generations. The front is blunt so it can take a crash and keep going. It is simple, unique, and glides pretty well. (Usually better than in the video) All you need is a regular size sheet of paper, I used printer paper, and scissors.
You have the choice to watch the instructional video, read the step-by-step instructions, and/or view the step-by-step pictures.
Step 1: Make a Square and Cut
Fold one corner down along the other edge so you have a 90 degree angle Then fold the bottom part up and crease it. Unfold them all and cut off the rectangle on the bottom along the crease you made so now you have a square and a rectangle.
Step 2: Fold the Square into a Triangle
Your square should have a crease from one corner to the opposite. Now fold one creased corner to the other and open it back up. You now have an "X" crease in your paper. Flip it over and fold one side to the opposite side and open it back up. You should now be able to make the triangle like in the picture.
Step 3: Fold the Flaps Up
Your triangle has flaps on the sides. Take the top flap on each side and fold it up to the point. Then with the same flaps, fold the lower edge along the center of the larger triangle.
Step 4: Make the Tail
Take the long rectangle you cut off and fold it lengthwise. Look in the picture to see the line you are to cut. This makes the tail flaps. Open it and fold the other end to a point. It should look like an arrow. Then insert the tail in the triangle all the way to the end and keep it centered.
Step 5: Finish the Front
Now making sure the tail is centered, cut from the front point of the plane down to the flap. (it's about an inch and a half) The top smaller flaps can be opened to make pockets that the part you just cut can slid into. Insert both tips into the pockets by folding them over. Fold down the tail flaps to make tail wings Now gently fold the whole plane in half
Step 6: Let it Fly
You hold it by pinching it near the front and giving it a toss.
I hope you enjoyed making your glider.
Step 7: Other Info
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