The Bird

The birdlike wings give this fast flying paper airplane a lot of stability during flight.

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The Bird

The birdlike wings give this fast flying paper airplane a lot of stability during flight.

This is a very reliable distance flyer. We've given precise measurements below, but feel free to experiment with the wings.

Folding Difficulty Hard difficulty Number of Folds 14 folds Hashtags Distance Distance Flown 46.1 ft / 14 m
Explaination of Distance Flown Average Distance
Thrown by a 10yr old
Time Aloft 2.2 sec
Explaination of Time Aloft Average Time Aloft
Thrown by a 10yr old
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Paper Airplane Airplane Folding Instructions

Step 1

1. Fold the top right corner diagonally.

Step 2

2. Open the sheet back up and repeat with the other side.

Step 3

3. Now fold the top down and fold along the center part of the X shape.

Step 4

4. Unfold and flatten the sheet of paper.

Step 5

5. Next, fold down the top edge so it meets the horizontal crease.

Step 6

6. Now fold the top section down again along the horizontal crease.

Step 7

7. Take the top outer edge so it meets the diagonal crease and then repeat with the other side.

Step 8

8. Fold the top edges along the diagonal lines to create the peak of the plane.

Step 9

9. Next, fold the peak down as shown.

Step 10

10. At the top edge of the plane, measure 1.6cm from the center to the left and right. Then, measure 2.5cm from the bottom center and connect the points.

Step 11

11. Fold along those measured lines. Use our printable instructions if you don't want to measure.

Step 12

12. Measure 3.1cm from the top outer corner and then 3.1cm again from the first point. Measure 2.5cm from the bottom of the vertical line and again from that point.

Step 13

13. Fold along the lines.

Step 14

14. Finally, tape the nose of the plane together.

Final Paper Airplane Design The Bird

Looking head on, adjust the wings until they look symmetrical, then throw it hard at a slight upwards angle to see how fast and far it can go.

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