Howard Fink — My Paper Airplanes

April 16, 2009

Stealth Flyer

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Asymmetric folding yields twelve inch wingspan from eleven inch sheet of paper.  Three-finger grip flip yields thirty to forty foot flights.

Step 1

Take an 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper and make four marks labeled A B C D around the edge.  A and C are 1-1/2 inches from the edge, B and D are 1 inch from the edge.

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Flip the paper over and duplicate the marks; you should be able to see through the paper.  This will make it easier to line up the marks when you fold the paper.

Step 2

Bring B to A and C to D, and holding the paper in place press the fold to a crease.  Be careful and don’t let the paper shift while you press it flat.

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Now fold in half  (a mountain fold),

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flip over, and fold each side in to the center.  The plane from the front is a W.  foldedup

Unfold and lay flat.  It should look like step 2, with three folds.  Now fold in half the long way so the leading edge meets the centerline.

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Open this back up and fold the leading edge about 1/4 inch in.

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You will be folding this over and over until you reach the fold you made in the picture.

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Fold up the plane into a W again and press the folds hard to tighten them up.

Unfold the plane and you are ready to fly.  Curl up the trailing edge tips to provide a little up elevator.  Adjust the wingtips up or down to balance the flight.  Flatten out the W a lot and the glides will be lengthy.  Some tape on the overlaps and leading edge fold also helps.

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Your middle finger is below the centerline at the back of the plane, and the two adjacent fingers grip the plane.  Flip your wrist to launch.

For legal-sized paper 8-1/2″ x 14″, use 1-3/4 inch as A and 7/8 inch as B.  This flies with great authority.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

    Comment by BobMarche — June 11, 2009 @ 12:55 am

  2. I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

    Comment by John — August 3, 2009 @ 7:30 am

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