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Basic Dart

A basic design with decent distance and speed.

This is one of the most iconic paper airplane designs, and also one of the easiest to fold. It flies very well, in a nice straight line. A forgiving airplane design that works well even with uneven or asymmetrical folds. The perfect starter airplane for anyone just learning.

Easy Difficulty 5 folds distance 40.8 ft / 12.5 m
Average Distance
Thrown by a 10yr old
1.4 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 corners into the center line.

Step 3

3. Fold the top edges to the center.

Step 4

4. Fold the plane in half.

Step 5

5. Fold the wings down to meet the bottom edge of the planes body.

Basic Dart Final Paper Airplane Design

This airplane has stiff wings, so it can tolerate fast throwing speeds. Throw it as hard as you can for maximum distance and speed.