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The Basic

The most basic design that almost everyone has tried.

It's quick and easy to make, and it flies fairly well. This paper airplane is a little floppy, so it works better if you give it a gentle toss, not a hard throw. A good starter airplane for young kids.

Easy Difficulty 4 folds time aloft 8.8 ft / 2.6 m
Average Distance
Thrown by a 10yr old
4 sec
Average Time Aloft
Thrown by a 10yr old

Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

Step 1

1. Fold the paper in half.

Step 2

2. Unfold and then fold the top two corners into the center line.

Step 3

3. Again, fold the paper in half.

Step 4

4. Finally, fold the edges down to meet the bottom of the body.

The Basic Final Paper Airplane Design

Use a little tape to keep the wings together. If it tends to fly sharply upwards, stall, and then drop straight down, try bending the back of the wings down just a little bit.