How to Make a Paper Airplane: 5 Stunning Methods


John Collins knows how to make a piece of paper go the distance. In 2012, he set the world record for the farthest flight for a paper aircraft. Collins, who’s known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” has written a new book offering instructions for folding not only his record-setting design, but stunt planes that do loops and flap their wings.

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Watch the video above and follow along as you create five of his favorite designs. You can also browse more detailed instructions on the pages below. Precise folds are key to producing a plane that’s stable and flies the way its intended. You’ll also need to have some tape handy to make these designs perform their best. As Collins is fond of pointing out, every flight is a test flight—don’t be shy about tinkering with your paper craft to get it flying just right.

These instructional pages come from Collins’ new book, The World Record Paper Airplane, which you can buy at his website. Also, be sure to watch our video interview with Collins to learn more about his craft.

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