The World’s Best Paper Airplane

Demo of the world’s best paper airplane:

In 1999 a man set paper airplane history by setting the world record for the longest paper airplane flight 27.6 seconds!  Ken Blackburn, an aerospace engineer built this paper plane and launched it into history.  To understand how airplanes can fly for so long, check out our explanation.

According to Ken, there are three things that are needed for a great paper airplane. A good design, good throw, and good folding. To set the record, Ken used a design he invented when he was 13 years old.  So in addition to this design, try out your own. Maybe you’ll one day break his record!

Below are the folding instructions for the world’s best paper airplane. We suggest you start with a regular 8.5 x 11 inch clean sheet of paper. When you are folding, make sure your lines are crisp.

first folding instructions for the world's best paper airplane

You’re almost done building the world’s best paper airplane! The last things you need to do are to fold the paper in half along the dotted lines and then fold down your wings. Finally, fold up your winglets, and your airplane will be done!

final folding instructions for the world's best paper airplane

Enjoy flying the world’s best paper airplane. One of the most critical parts to having a long flight is the throw. You’ll want to throw your paper airplane straight up in the air to give it the greatest starting height. A place where there is little wind is ideal (such as in a stadium or indoor gym). Remember, long flight times depend on a very powerful throw. Keep practicing, and try modifying the design. Maybe someday you’ll set a new world record!

One Response to “The World’s Best Paper Airplane”

  1. linmacd November 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Awesome video with a handsome young man!!

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