You'll also need to have some tape handy to make these designs perform their best.
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.
Watch the video above and follow along as you create five of his favorite designs.
The angled edge is folded down so that it is parellel to and even with the original center fold.
The original assignment was to write instructions for "how to make a paper airplane," but now that you've gone to the trouble of making one it might be useful to have some intructions regarding how to operate it.
An especially nice place to launch paper planes from is a second- or third-floor balcony - if you don't mind going down and up the stairs to retrieve the plane after each flight.
The plane should be launched, point-first (with the narrow, pointed tip toward the front; the direction of travel will be approximately parallel with the original center fold of the plane which is now at its bottom), at a medium speed (it does not perform well when thrown very hard or fast) at a level or slightly upward trajectory.Rotate the page clockwise 90° so that the angled portion is to the right and the square end is to the left. This fold lifts just the top panel created in step 11 and folds it "in half" so that the angled upper edge of the panel is parallel to and even with the original center fold (now at the bottom of the page).Flip the page over, left to right so that the fold created in step 12 is down against the work surface and the angled edge is at the top and left and the square end (now possibly with the protuding tail of the wing created in step 12, depending upon the length-to-width proportions of the original sheet of paper) is to the right. This fold is a mirror image of the one just completed in step 12. Christine" The paper used must be rectangular in shape with straight, smooth edges and square (90°) corners. old was mad at me because I couldn't make paper airplanes like daddy. ;} Thanks for helping with the little things in life.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.Fold this point down (toward you) so that the flaps formed in steps two and three are on the inside of the fold.Make the fold as high up on the page as possible without folding or crushing the flaps which are on the inside of this fold. If you have scissors available they will provide an easier and more attractive way to make the notches.Then, allowing the two wings to open upward until their two smooth top surfaces are parallel to each other, grasp the base of the plane between your thumb and forefinger at about the center point along the length of the first center fold.If you used an 8½x11 inch page this will probably be about where the turned-up tip of the point holds the wing flaps in place.