My Folded Designs
I currently have designed over 50 styles of folded paper airplanes. As I finish getting the directions on how to make each one I will include them here. I also plan to include videos showing how to make each one.
Many of these designs can be used to demonstrate various aerodynamic principles and are good candidates for science fair examples. I plan to include a few more comments and pointers on how each unique paper airplane design can teach us more about the science of flight.
Click on a image below to get folding directions. There will soon be a variety of planes to work with different weights and textures of paper. Hope you have fun and enjoy.
Many times paper airplanes do not fly well one the first attempt no matter how careful you fold them. This can happen for two reasons. The first is that air does not like to turn a sharp corner (see eBooks on paper airplanes for details). This property of air actually is what allows any gliding object to produce lift but can also make our paper airplanes unstable. So if any of your folded planes don't fly straight and level try these trimming techniques: Paper Airplane Trimming
Second, most people think that it does not matter what kind of paper you use to fold your paper airplanes. This is not true. If you continue to have problems after trying to trim your paper airplane check out this section on choosing the right paper: Best Paper Choices for Paper Airplane Folding
If you enjoy these try out gluing up some Paper Airplane Designs out of index card stock or poster board.
When your ready to start try your own design check out these tips: Paper Airplane Design Tips
I have found it to be very difficult to obtain a reasonable amount of A4 paper to purchase locally in the United States. I would very much like feed back from anyone around the world who has tried these airplanes on A4 paper to email from my link on the home page. Let me know in metric what adjustments needed to be made for good flight so I can share with those who can't obtain the American standard letter (8.5 inch x 11.0 inch) paper. I will gladly post who and from where the advice came from on my site. Thank you.