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Tail Spin

An acrobatic paper airplane that spins through the air.

Using tail flaps that are bent in opposite directions gives this paper airplane some dramatic spinning acrobatics.

Easy Difficulty 9 folds acrobatic 34.3 ft / 10.4 m
Average Distance
Thrown by a 10yr old
1.9 sec
Average Time Aloft
Thrown by a 10yr old

Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

Step 1

1. Fold the sheet in half vertically and unfold.

Step 2

2. Next, fold both upper corner to the center.

Step 3

3. Fold the top right edge to the center line.

Step 4

4. Repeat with the other side.

Step 5

5. Now, fold the top point down about 2 inches, as shown.

Step 6

6. Fold the plane in half.

Step 7

7. Next, fold down one wing to meet the center line.

Step 8

8. Repeat with the other side.

Step 9

9. Finally, fold the back tips of the wings in opposite directions, as shown.

Final Paper Airplane Design Tail Spin

Use a small piece of tape to keep the airplane fuselage together. Reverse the direction of the flaps to get the paper airplane to spin in the other direction. Or, return the flaps to the neutral position if you want it to fly without spinning.

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