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How to make the perfect paper airplane?

by Ace Damon
How to make the perfect paper airplane?

Child's play? There is even a world championship for small aircraft. Learn how to make a record model and the techniques used by competitors.

By Rafael Battaglia


Sep 23, 2019, 7:19 pm – Posted on Sep 23, 2019, 7:14 pm



(Gil Tokio / Super Interesting)

First of all, you need to know that there are several types of airplanes: the ones that stay longer in the air, the ones that perform stunts, etc. On the internet, there are a multitude of videos and tutorials that show you how to make them – even the Nasa have one. Choose the models you like best and go testing.

Below, we teach how to ride the record airplane in distance: 69 meters! The fold is by American John Collins, who performed the feat in 2012. Take a look at the video from the moment of release:

Did you get close?

How to make the perfect paper airplane?

– (Gil Tokio / Super Interesting)

How to make the perfect paper airplane?

Folding paper airplanes goes beyond the joke: there's even a world championship for it, the Red Bull Paper Wings. Athletes can compete in up to three categories (Distance, Flight Time and Stunts). Heitor Souza, the Brazilian tournament competitor, spoke to SUPER about the techniques that people use in competitions – and gave tips for a good little plane:

Firm folding
Use cards or pieces of plastic to reinforce the folds of the paper. This improves your aerodynamics. Pressing heavy objects helps shape the desired shape.

Support material
Rulers help you find the exact measurement of the most difficult folds. Using some glue or double-sided tape helps to bind the wings of the plane.

Use appropriate sheets to keep your plane from getting heavy: A4 bond paper or notebook sheets give a nice result

At launch time…
… Hold the paper close to the nozzle and pay attention to the angle, which should be between 45 and 60 degrees. If your plane was made to glide long enough, throw it up at a 90o angle.

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