How to make a paper jet airplane

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Instructions:

1. Fold the paper in half to get a nice crease in it. Unfold the paper.
2. Fold 2 triangles in it from the middle of the paper.
3. From the bottom fold smaller triangles on both sides of the paper.
4. Fold up from the bottom the extra paper.
5. Fold upwards to make a diamond.
6. Flip the paper around and fold 2 of the points inwards.
7. Fold in half.
8. Fold the wings of the paper airplane from the folded half pieces.
9. Partly unfold the middle of the plane and fold the tail up. (I would add just a little bit of tape or glue in the middle to make it stick together.)
10. You have successfully made a Cool Paper Jet Plane!

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Materials:

  • Your favorite text weight paper and color to make this Cool Paper Jet Plane.

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Designed to look like a fighter jet, this paper airplane is made for speed.

Throw this paper jet as fast as you can and go for distance.

Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

How to make a paper jet airplane

1. Holding the paper horizontally, fold in half and then unfold.

Step 1

Holding the paper horizontally, fold in half and then unfold.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

2. Fold down both top corners to the center.

Step 2

Fold down both top corners to the center.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

3. Fold the tip of the plane down to meet the previous fold.

Step 3

Fold the tip of the plane down to meet the previous fold.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

4. Fold down the top right corner, aligning it with the center.

Step 4

Fold down the top right corner, aligning it with the center.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

5. Now repeat with the left corner.

Step 5

Now repeat with the left corner.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

6. Turn the plane around and fold the right bottom corner to the center.

Step 6

Turn the plane around and fold the right bottom corner to the center.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

7. Repeat with the other side.

Step 7

Repeat with the other side.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

8. Next, fold the right edge towards the center, as shown.

Step 8

Next, fold the right edge towards the center, as shown.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

9. Repeat with the left edge.

Step 9

Repeat with the left edge.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

10. Now, fold the plane in half towards you.

Step 10

Now, fold the plane in half towards you.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

11. Fold one wing down as shown.

Step 11

Fold one wing down as shown.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

12. Repeat with the other wing.

Step 12

Repeat with the other wing.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

13. Finally, fold up the two tail flaps.

Step 13

Finally, fold up the two tail flaps.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

Final Paper Airplane Design

If your jet dives towards the ground, create some elevons on the wings and bend the up a little bit to get your paper jet to stay aloft longer.

Video Instructions

Printable Folding Instructions

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

These beautiful, easy to follow, paper airplane folding instructions can be downloaded and printed as many times as you want. Use them when you are offline and don’t have access to the internet. Simply follow the printed instructions and fold along the indicated lines and you will have a perfectly folded paper airplane, every time.

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Looking for a nice way to entertain yourself on a boring day? The dart paper airplane is easy to make and flies great. Just follow one of these methods and you’ll be sure to make a paper airplane that flies farther and straighter than a paper airplane made in any other way.

How to make a paper jet airplane

  • Make sure that the opposite corners match up to each other perfectly, so that each side is exactly the same.
  • Once folded, these two corners should meet each other at the center crease but not cross it. Keep these corners folded in.
  • The point made at the top of your paper by these corners being folded down will eventually form the front of your dart paper airplane.
  • These folds basically make your top point skinnier (and stronger) and the outer edges longer (from about 5 inches long to about 10 inches long).
  • Remember to keep the edges lined up with the center crease but don’t go over it. You are going to refold the paper airplane along this fold again, so you need to have symmetrical folds on both sides for proper balance.

How to make a paper jet airplane

  • Have either of the sides facing up. It doesn’t matter which one because you will do the same steps to both sides.
  • Repeat this same process on the other side as well.
  • Your finished airplane should be about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide at the widest point of the wings.
  • If your airplane has problems flying, experiment with changing its weight distribution. Attach a small paper clip to the bottom crease, pointing up toward the wings. Try positioning it in different locations up and down the center crease to determine where the weight helps the most.

How to make a paper jet airplane

  • Remember to make a crease along this fold.
  • These folds may be hard to make, as they will result in really skinny long wings, but will create a very fast and straight flying paper airplane.
  • Do not go all the way across and don’t start from the very tip. Start where the corners of the tape stay within the wings. The tape is simply there to keep the wings together.

How to make a paper jet airplane

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  2. ↑http://www.amazingpaperairplanes.com/Basic_Dart.html

About This Article

To make a dart paper airplane, start by folding a piece of printer paper in half lengthwise. Next, open the paper back up and fold down 2 top corners on 1 of the short sides so they meet at the crease in the middle. To make the point stronger, fold the edges down again so they meet at the middle crease. For the next stage, refold the middle crease to make a long triangle before folding down each long side. Finally, open up the 2 last creases halfway to make the wings. For tips on how to make a deluxe paper airplane, read on!

Airplanes of the future may look very different from those of today. One of the designs NASA has studied is the ring-wing, an aircraft with a circular wing. Build your own paper glider based on NASA’s design, and work to improve your model’s performance.

› Educators, explore how to turn this into a standards-aligned lesson for students

How to make a paper jet airplane

Materials

Piece of paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, OR a copy of the ring-wing glider template – Download PDF

Ruler OR tape measure

(Optional) transparent tape

(Optional) additional types or sizes of paper for experimentation

*Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the materials. Get creative and substitute materials with what you have! It’s all part of the design process.

How to make a paper jet airplane

1. Explore wing designs

When you think about airplanes, there’s a good chance you think of a plane with wings extending out on either side of the plane. The wings provide lift that helps the airplane fly. But airplane wings also produce drag, which the airplane has to use energy to overcome. To solve this problem, engineers who design airplanes have come up with different wing designs that aim to increase lift and reduce drag, including “box plans” and “ring wings.” Try your hand at making your own ring-wing glider out of paper, and see how it flies!

About the image: This collage shows various NASA airplane designs in flight, including (top left to right) the AD-1, Helios, X-48B Blended Wing Body, (bottom left to right) Proteus, inflatable wing aircraft, and Prandtl-d.

How to make a paper jet airplane

2. Fold it

Make a diagonal fold in the middle of the paper (along the dashed lines, if you’re using the glider template) so that the corners of your paper are offset and make two peaks. Take the folded edge and fold it over half an inch more. On the template, this fold is represented by the dotted line.

How to make a paper jet airplane

3. Form a ring

Bring the ends of the paper together to make a ring with the folded edge facing the inside of the ring. Tuck one end into the fold of the other to secure your ring wing. You can also use a small piece of tape to make sure the ring doesn’t come apart.

4. Test and evaluate

Measure and record your glider’s diameter, the distance across the circular opening.

Find the “V” between the two peaks formed by the corners of the paper. Grasp the glider at the bottom of the “V” with your pointer and index fingers inside the glider and your thumb on the outside the glider. Extend your arm straight behind you and swing it upward, lightly releasing the glider when your arm is beside your ear. Measure the distance your glider flies.

Repeat this step at least three times, recording the distance of each flight and calculating the average distance.

How to make a paper jet airplane

5. Redesign and try again

Create a second glider with a smaller or larger diameter. Fly it at least three times, and calculate the average linear distance it flies.

Graph your data on paper, or using spreadsheet software if you can. Based on your measurements, does it appear that ring diameter influences linear distance flown?

6. Investigate other variables

Think about other elements of the design that could be modified, such as the weight or size of the paper or the size and number of folds. Change only one element at a time. Keep track of your changes in an engineering log. Quantify your changes by measuring the performance of your glider after you make changes to it.

Playing with paper airplanes has always been an enjoyable activity for young and old. The paper airplane is said to have been invented by the Chinese in about 400 BC. It’s been a great educational toy ever since then! Even the Wright Brothers used paper airplanes to build models of their first actual airplanes.

This paper airplane (pictured above) is simple to make and it performs better than any other paper plane I’ve made. No previous paper airplane experience is needed. This instructable will guide you through the steps of how to fold it, and then modify it so you can make your own great design!

Step 1: Materials Needed

What you will need to make this airplane:

-A 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (any paper will do, but I prefer to use printer paper, which hasn’t been three-hole punched)

-Scotch Tape (optional)

-A willingness to keep trying if you don’t succeed the first time.

Step 2: Fold in Half

Fold the paper in half lengthwise (some call this “hot dog style”) and open it back up again. Ensure that the crease made by the fold is visible.

Step 3: Fold in Top Corners

Fold the top corners in to the middle crease you made during the previous step. Try to keep these two folds as even and symmetrical as possible. The edges that you folded in should be touching each other, which will make a triangle at the top of your paper.

Step 4: Fold the Top Point Down

Fold the point of the triangle down. I’ve found that the plane performs best if the shape made by this downward fold is another perfect triangle. Don’t worry if your fold isn’t perfect–it should still work just fine as long as the shape you made closely resembles a triangle.

Step 5: Fold in Top Corners So the Points Touch

This is similar to Step 3. However, instead of having the the edges completely touch in the middle, fold the top corners in such that only the corners meet at the middle crease. Your paper should look like the picture above, with a little triangle shape showing underneath the touching corners. Once your paper looks similar to the picture, tightly crease these two folds.

Step 6: Fold Up Little Triangle

Remember the little triangle shape mentioned in the previous step? Fold it up and tightly crease so it holds the corners down. You can also use a small piece of scotch tape to hold these folds down.

Step 7: Turn Over and Fold in Half

Turn your airplane over (first picture) and fold it in half along the middle line (second picture). You should be folding it up towards yourself so you end up with something that looks like the picture. During this process, make sure the two corners don’t slip out of the little triangle fold that’s holding them down.

Step 8: Check Your Work

At this point, your plane should appear similar to the pictures. Obviously, your plane will look slightly different, but the general shape should be the same. If yours looks significantly different, it may be best to start over with a new piece of paper. If you’re happy with how it looks, great! Go to the next step.

Step 9: Fold Down the First Wing

Let’s make the wings! Place your plane so the nose is facing left and fold most, grab one half, and fold it down straight across, as the picture indicates. This will make the first wing. You can make your wing as big as you choose. I’ve found that my plane performs best if I crease the wing 0.5-1 inch above the bottom of the plane.

Step 10: Fold Down the Second Wing

Turn your plane over and place it so the nose is facing to the right. Fold down the other wing so it exactly matches your first wing. It is important that these folds are as equal as possible; otherwise, your plane will not be balanced correctly.

Step 11: Unfold Wings and Check Your Work

Unfold the wings so they are perpendicular with the body of the plane. Again, make sure your plane looks somewhat like the pictures. At this point, you have a fully functional paper airplane! Nice work! You could end here if you wanted. If you find your plane spinning out of control, and would like to give it some more stability, go to the next step.

Step 12: Fold Up Wing Tips

I’ve found that my paper airplanes are much more stable if I complete this step. Fold the wings down again and place your plane with the nose facing right. Fold up the very tip of the wing about a half-inch. Turn the plane over and do the same thing to the other wing. Again, it is crucial to make sure these folds are equal to each other so your plane is balanced correctly.

Step 13: Finished!

Unfold the wings again to reveal your finished product. You did it! Now you know how to make the best paper airplane known to man!

If your plane loses balance while flying, try re-folding the wings and wing tips so they are exactly even with each other.

If you’d like to modify the design, try making the plane with different sized wings, or with bigger folded-up wing tips. Bigger wings are better for gliding, while smaller wings are good for accuracy. You can also put a paper clip on the nose for better accuracy. Make the design yours, have have fun!

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Making paper airplanes might be one of the oldest activities around, but this simple project can make your child’s mind soar as they get a taste of physics and engineering.

In this activity, students will have an opportunity to build a paper airplane and then make many changes to observe how the flight of the plane changes. Plus, all you’ll need is paper and a paper clip to have your little pilot ready for takeoff.

GATHER THIS:

  • Scrap paper
  • Paper clip (optional)

THEN DO THIS:

*Download the pdf to view illustrations.

  1. Crease a piece of paper in half lengthwise and then unfold.
  2. Fold the top two corners down to the middle fold.
  3. Fold the resulting triangle down.
  4. Crease the tip of the triangle up 1 inch and then unfold.
  5. Fold the top corners down to the center fold so that the corners meet at the base of the crease in the tip.
  6. Fold the creased tip up so that it overlaps the corners you just folded down.
  7. Fold the entire paper in half along the original fold so that the tip is on the outside of the folded paper.
  8. Fold the wings however you would like!
  9. Hold the paper plane near the tip between your finger and thumb and give the plane a toss! Try holding the plane differently and notice how the plane flies.
  10. Now design your own folded paper airplane!

ASK THIS:

  • Notice what happens when you try throwing the paper plane hard/soft.
  • Notice what happens when you try throwing the paper plane upside down.
  • Notice what happens if you bend the back edge or tip of the wing up/down.
  • Notice what happens if you add a paper clip to the nose of the paper plane.
  • Notice what happens if you fold the wings unevenly.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

There are four forces that act on an object in flight: thrust, drag, lift and gravity. Thrust is what pushes the object forward. Thrust is produced from an engine, an animal wing using muscles to push through the air, or your arm muscles when you throw your paper airplane.

Drag works in the opposite direction of thrust. Drag pulls in the opposite direction of the thrust and is friction on the air, or air resistance.

Lift is the force that pulls or lifts an object up into the air. If the front edge of a wing is slightly raised compared to the back edge of a wing, the air will go slightly faster over the top of the wing and slightly slower over the bottom of the wing. Faster moving air has lower pressure and slower moving air has higher pressure. Lift is a combination of the slower moving air pushing the wing up and the faster moving air pulling the wing up.

Gravity pulls everything on Earth towards the center of the planet, in the opposite direction of lift.

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This paper jet has a unique two level wing that gives it some style.

When adjusted correctly, this paper jet can glide for long distances.

Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

How to make a paper jet airplane

1. Fold the center of the sheet vertically, open and then fold down both corners along this center crease.

Step 1

Fold the center of the sheet vertically, open and then fold down both corners along this center crease.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

2. Take one top edge and fold down to the bottom edge on the same side.

Step 2

Take one top edge and fold down to the bottom edge on the same side.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

3. Open and repeat step two on the other side to get the creases shown.

Step 3

Open and repeat step two on the other side to get the creases shown.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

4. Accordion fold the creases in to get this shape.

Step 4

Accordion fold the creases in to get this shape.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

5. Next, fold the bottom peak up.

Step 5

Next, fold the bottom peak up.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

6. Fold back both outer points of the triangle shape. Be sure the folds are tucked in-between both layers.

Step 6

Fold back both outer points of the triangle shape. Be sure the folds are tucked in-between both layers.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

7. Fold the plane in half away from you.

Step 7

Fold the plane in half away from you.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

8. Fold down one wing and then repeat with the other.

Step 8

Fold down one wing and then repeat with the other.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

9. Crease up the edges of each wing at an angle.

Step 9

Crease up the edges of each wing at an angle.

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

Final Paper Airplane Design

Use some tape to keep the fuselage together and two smaller pieces of tape to keep the two levels of wing together. Experiment with the side stabilizer fins and add wing flaps to control the flight.

Video Instructions

Printable Folding Instructions

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

How to make a paper jet airplane

These beautiful, easy to follow, paper airplane folding instructions can be downloaded and printed as many times as you want. Use them when you are offline and don’t have access to the internet. Simply follow the printed instructions and fold along the indicated lines and you will have a perfectly folded paper airplane, every time.