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Lock-Bottom Plane

An easy paper airplane that flies farther that most other designs.

It shoots straight through the air with a quick push and keeps going and going.

Easy Difficulty 10 folds Requires scissors distance, time aloft 42.6 ft / 13.1 m
Average Distance
Thrown by a 10yr old
2.9 sec
Average Time Aloft
Thrown by a 10yr old

Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

Step 1

1. Fold the plane in half and open it back up.

Step 2

2. Fold both corners in along the center line.

Step 3

3. Fold the peak down about 1 inch before the bottom edge.

Step 4

4. Again, fold both corner in to the center line.

Step 5

5. Take the extra piece at the bottom and fold it up to lock down the two flaps.

Step 6

6. Now, fold the plane in half away from you.

Step 7

7. Fold one wing down about one inch from the belly of the plane.

Step 8

8. Repeat with the other wing.

Step 9

9. Next, fold up the ends of each wing about a half inch.

Step 10

10. Finally, take a pair of scissors and cut two small slits at the tail end of each wing.

Final Paper Airplane Design Lock-Bottom Plane

Once you have adjusted the ailerons to get it to fly straight, this is a very reliable airplane that can go very far.