How to make a paper airplane

Essay by yellow3639High School, 12th gradeA+, November 2002

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This essay is a "how-to" essay that fully explains in detail how to make a paper airplane. It also give history of the paper airplane and instructions on how to put it into flight.


Since early in history, man has been fascinated with the sky and possibilities of flight. Improvements in flight, especially in the 20th century, have revolutionized the world. People can go around the world in less than a day, cross oceans in a matter of hours, even go from city to city in a fraction of the driving time. This easy access and quickness of flight has caused it an immense popularity and fascination, especially with children. With the reputation flight has earned, paper airplanes have emerged. There are countless types of paper airplanes, some inspired by actual planes, other inspiring the creation of planes. From the Basic Dart to the Chopper, paper airplanes grow in complexity.

There are paper airplanes with no wings to paper airplanes with more than two wings. Some that seem to fly tail first and some that do not.

From the time people have been making paper airplanes, the Basic Dart has been around. It is probably the most common paper airplane. The design is a somewhat sleek and triangular when looking from above the plane. Most people know how to make the Basic Dart because it is simple, and quick to fold. For those though, who do not know it is takes a few simple steps. First get a square piece of paper and fold it in half, and makemaking a crease in the paper. Next, unfold the paper and grab one corner then fold it to the center crease. Thirdly, get Repeat this step with the adjacent corner on the opposite side of the crease and fold the...