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The Swallow Paper Airplane
The Swallow is a classic paper airplane design that flies really well. It has been called the World’s Best Paper Airplane.
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Start with a piece of printer paper. This can be either 8.5 by 11 inches, or A4 size. It must be rectangular, not square. Origami paper will not work for this. It’s too light and small. Larger paper airplanes generally fly better.
Valley fold the top left corner over to the right as shown. Crease well.
Unfold the paper, then repeat the last fold on the other side of the paper.
Do a mountain fold horizontally through the intersection of the crease marks.
Unfold the last fold, then begin to collapse the paper as shown in the next five (5) photos. This is somewhat similar to a water balloon base , with some extra paper at the bottom (since we started with a rectangle not a square).
Fold corner A upwards as shown. Repeat for corner B.
Now fold both A and B downwards. Next, fold C and D to the centerline, then unfold.
Make a squash fold as shown to bring C to the centerline. This is similar to making a fin in the fishbase . Repeat on the right side.
Fold the bottom edge of the piece up, then unfold. Cut or tear along the creaseline, and save the extra piece for later.
Put the cut piece aside. Mountain fold the top point of this piece (the wings) to the back as shown.
Mountain fold the wing section in half as shown. Now fold the wings down as shown in the next five (5) photos. The front of the wing base should be slightly higher than the back, by about 2-3mm. When viewed from the front or back,
both wings should be at the same angle, angled upwards towards the tips.
Now fold the tips of each wing upwards as shown. Each tip should be at the same angle to its wing.
Go back to the strip of paper you cut or tore earlier. We’ll use this for the fuselage (body) of the Swallow. Fold it in half lengthwise.
About 1 inch from the end of the fuselage, cut or tear halfway across. Then fold down each half as shown to form the horizontal stabillizer (tail). Each half should be at about 90 degrees to the fuselage.
Insert the other end of the fuselage into the wing section. Slide it all the way forward.
Turn over your completed Swallow Paper Airplane!
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Dragon Paper Airplane
This is my own design of paper airplane. If you make the wings completely level and throw it hard overarm it will fly fast and level indoors for 30 meters or more and it is quite good outside too. So try it out.
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Dragon Paper Airplane Folding Instructions
- DIG. 1
Fold along the dotted line down the center of DIG. 1 then open the paper out and fold along the diagonal lines at the top to give DIG. 2.
- DIG. 2
Fold along the diagonal lines in DIG. 2 bringing the top left and top right edges in to meet along the center line as shown in DIG. 3.
- DIG. 3
Fold along the horizontal dotted line in DIG. 3 bringing the tip of the paper airplane down to the center of the base of the paper as shown in DIG. 4
- DIG. 4
Now fold along the diagonal dotted lines in DIG. 4 to bring the left top edge and right top edge in to meet at the center line as shown in DIG. 5
- DIG. 5
Now fold the flap that points downwards up so that its tip touches the tip of the paper airplane at the front. Fold along the dotted line shown in DIG. 5 to do this. If the tips do not meet go back and alter the folding so that they do. This is very important. You should get the form (approximately) in DIG. 6
- DIG. 6
Now finally fold along the center line and dotted lines in DIG. 6to give you the paper airplane as shown at the top of the page. Throw it hard overarm and it should fly very level and very straight for a long distance.
Dragon Paper Airplane Flying
This plane flies well indoors but is useless outdoors as the slightest breeze will make it crash. Hold it very near its shorter edge (the front) underneath the plane. Throw with a pushing motion or overarm so that when you let go it will be level or very slightly tilted downwards. You should find that this plane will glide very slowly for quite a long distance indoors.
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