Ken Blackburn is an aerospace engineer and the Guinness World Record holder for paper airplane time aloft (27.60 seconds). He works for Jacobs Engineering (Sverdrup division) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, performing research on small, unmanned air vehicles.
This is probably the most common type of paper airplane. It’s simple,
quick to fold, and flies fast and far. You’ve likely seen or even tried
many variations of this model. Wingtip fins and up elevator are
important to maintain level flight. You may also want to add a couple
of pieces of tape or a paper clip to the nose for extra stability. Click here to download instructions.
FLIGHT ADJUSTMENTS + If your plane dives: Bend the elevators up a little or throw the plane a little faster. + If your plane climbs, slows, then dives: Bend the elevators down a little or throw the plane a little slower. + If your plane veers right, bend the rudder a little to the left. + If your plane veers left, bend the rudder a little to the right.
BEST-BET THROW Hold
the fuselage toward the front of the plane between your thumb and
forefinger. For shorter flights, hold the plane in front of your
shoulder and give it a gentle, level push forward. For longer flights,
hold the plane above your shoulder and throw it faster and a little