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How to make Flying Fish Paper Airplane and other paper airplanes - Alex's Paper Airplane

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Flying Fish Paper Airplane

Flying Fish Paper Airplane main image

One difficult fold inthe whole of this plane. It is a unique design (I think) a bit weird but really flies well in a straight line as a glider. It will stomach a bit of poor folding too so a good one to try if some of the other designs don't fly well for you.

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Flying Fish Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

  • DIG. 1 diagram

    First make the normal fold down the middle as shown in DIG. 1and then re-open the paper flat (but with a crease down the middle).

  • DIG. 2 diagram

    Then fold in the top left hand corner to the center line and the top right hand corner in the same manner along the diagonal dotted lines shown in DIG. 2 this should give you the form in DIG. 3 (yellow denotes the "underside" of the sheet of paper)

  • DIG. 3 diagram

    Fold the two sides EQUALLY in to the center line along the dotted lines in DIG. 3. This should give the symmetric form in DIG. 3

  • DIG. 4 diagram

    Simply fold point A to meet point B in DIG. 4 make this fold along the dotted line and then crease hard and open the paper again then fold along this line in the opposite direction, crease hard and unfold again.

  • DIG. 5 diagram

    Now fold C to meet D (indicated in DIG. 5), crease hard and unfold. Repeat with A and B.

  • DIG. 6 diagram

    In DIG. 6 press in on the points marked C and D pushing the paper up along the fold made in Step 4 and giving the pushed inwards and upwards sides hopefully indicated in DIG. 6.

  • DIG. 7 diagram

    Now fold up point A marked in DIG. 7 to meet point B. This should only involve folding up a flap of paper. The crease should be made VERY HARD and then unfolded and this flap tucked inside the nose of the plane. There should be a very obvious pocket in which to do this.

  • DIG. 8 diagram DIG. 9 diagram

    Now simply fold out the undercarriage as shown in DIG. 8 to give DIG. 9. This final form should then be thrown by holding the pocket mentioned in Step 7 and angling the nose of the plane very slightly downwards. A gentle throw will result in a long glide.

Flying Fish Paper Airplane Flying

The Flying Fish paper airplane is one of my favorites to fly.

Throw gently with nose pointed slightly downwards. Hold inside the fold created by the nose pocket to throw.

The long straight nature of the plane and tucked in nose encourages it to fly in a straight line even if the manufacture isn't perfect. It must be emphasised that a gentle throw is the best way to succeed with this design.