Fold the Perfect Paper Airplane

I don’t know about you, but every time I make a paper airplane it won’t go more than ten feet. Often the plan just twirls and whirls straight into the ground.

That’s why I recruited the help of the Paper Airplane Guy, John M. Collins to enlighten us all on how to build the perfect paper airplane.

Collins set the world record for Paper Airplane Distance in 2012, throwing a plane more than 200 feet through the air before landing. He’s been at it for years, and there is likely no better source for paper airplane excellence. So, without further ado, check out his video tutorial below.


51Wo2DBJVmL._SL500_SS500_If you’re more interested in building and launching more paper airplanes, including the world record-breaking design, be sure to read “The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book,” by John M. Collins.

The book features detailed step-by-step instructions on 24 awesome airplane models. Ten Speed Press, $16.99 softcover. All ages.





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21 Responses to “Fold the Perfect Paper Airplane”

  1. acow46
    April 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I don’t really understand step 3. After I did step 2, I didn’t get what step 3 said I should. :(

    • Charliebrown4
      April 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      Me neither

      • Potato
        April 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        You fold it over again. So it meets up with the same edge as you already folded. See step 4? It’s half the size of the one you folded. So just fold it again.

  2. ultimatesniper483:)
    April 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Me three

    • scout in troop 211.
      April 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      it looks easy.

  3. ultimatesniper483:)
    April 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I didn’t understand ANYTHING except step ONE

  4. scout in troop 211.
    April 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    my airplanes are better.

  5. Qwerty
    April 30, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Looks cool. I’m gonna try it

  6. khtc
    May 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm #


  7. Pedro
    May 5, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    You should have made the paper Alfalfa green. Just like my ice-cream

  8. purple bird
    May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Awesome!!!!!!!!! This plane flies really far! #Peechtival!

    • What?
      June 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      “#Peechitivial!” is not a word! NOT A WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • purple bird
        June 20, 2013 at 11:33 am #


      • Longhorn
        June 30, 2013 at 9:30 am #

        purple bird comments on everything. Peechtival is what the purple bird says in angry birds space.

      • What?
        July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am #

        Well, I checked 26 dictionaries & 2 websites not finding it at all( the one website said it was a sound not used in real speech)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Wise Guy & Name Checker
        July 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

        Wise Guy: Ouuuuuhhhhh- that’s a huge argument! I love huge arguments!!!
        Name Checker: I H-A-T-E HATE arguments!!! They always use the worst grammar!!!

  9. qwertyuiop
    June 14, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    flies really good

    • What?
      July 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      asdfghjkl,zxcvbnm,`1234567890-=,;’[],./,/*-, and yours is qwertyuiop.

  10. how to make origami
    November 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Great blog you have got here.. It

  11. chabbu
    March 27, 2014 at 3:02 am #

    look whatever you guys say this is the coolest paper plane that i have ever seen yo.

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