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Picture of The Simplest Paper Airplane

Let me begin by saying this design of paper airplane is probably not the fastest design. This design is likely not the one that will carry a folded piece of paper the farthest. There's a good chance this way of making a projectile will not cause the sheet to hover for the longest possible time. Last but not least, odds are, this aircraft is not considered to be the single most visually captivating airplane ever constructed.

So why even make it then? The answer to that is simple-it's not the best in any of those criteria, but it it's well above proficient in all of them. Even if it's not the fastest, if you throw it hard enough, it will certainly fly fast. Even if it won't fly the farthest, it may well come close. Assuming it doesn't have the longest airtime, who cares? It'll hover for a good while if it's intended to. Lastly, even if it's not the single most attractive one, it most certainly does look good in a sleek sort of way. And that's great! After all, following a few throws, the pretty planes that are slaved over for so long adopt crumpled tips and dusty wings. After a few more, creases will begin to inhibit flight until soon, it no longer will be pretty or even functional. I mean, how many paper airplanes have you known to survive more than a few days of use? Then what's the point of spending so much time on them? And besides, there is another criteria that I haven't yet mentioned that shouldn't be underestimated. This plane is really easy. It's easy to make, as well as easy to remember how to make. If it gets lost or thrown away by some disapproving individual or ripped to shreds by some cruel sibling, a replacement can me made within seconds from memory. In many ways, that's the most valuable criteria of a paper airplane.

Step 1: Fold Paper in Half

Picture of Fold Paper in Half

If you remember it this way, this fold is in half, hot dog style. I would suggest lining up two of the corners and then creasing the rest from there if that makes any sense.

robot1-016 months ago
This Instructable is great!
mlbosque2 years ago

Everyone, at some point in time, has learned to make a paper airplane, but nearly everyone, at some point in time forgets! I just folded one after reading this and had a great time flying it around my workspace while on coffee break! Thanks for a happy moment in my otherwise very busy day!

blueckupe (author)  mlbosque2 years ago

Sorry I didn't respond earlier. This comment really made my day. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it!!!

Swansong2 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)