Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Hurricane Paper Airplane
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Fairly easy to fold but great fun to fly, this square symmetric wing is typical of the Flying Wing style of paper airplanes.
Based on a design by Eji Nakamura
Paper Size: Letter
Paper Size: Letter
This very symmetric and very square craft is based on divisions by two. It works well with medium to heavy weight paper and is very characteristic of the flying wing style. Start with a letter size sheet.
1. Start by folding the sheet in half. Bring the two edges together and make a sharp crease. Unfold when you are finished.
2. Make a new crease by folding the left edge of the sheet in to the center line created by the first fold. The first fold divided the sheet in half and this fold divides the half into quarters.
3. Make another new crease by folding the right edge of the top flap back toward the left to line up with the left edge. This fold divides the top quarter into eights.
4. Turn the sheet over and position it so all the folds you just made is on the right.
5. Make a new crease by brining the left edge over to the right. This divides the top portion of the sheet into half again.
6. Turn the sheet over again from right to left. The extra one eight flaps should be along the left edge now.
7. Take all the layers but one along the left edge and fold them to the right along the existing crease.
8. Keeping the same side up, turn the sheet end for end. The flaps created earlier should be along the left edge.
9. Make a new crease with the top two layers by folding the upper left corner down. The upper end of this crease should be as far over to the right as the flap will allow. When the fold is finished, the folded down corner should form right angles with the edges of the paper.
10. Unfold the corner flap you just created.
11. Make another new crease which is a mirror image of the previous one by folding down the corner of the two layer flap above the middle of the sheet. Open this crease after folding it tightly.
12. Create a new crease by pulling the top layer up at the point where the two previous creases meet the top edge. A new crease across the top flap will form as the paper opens. Make sure to push the layer down flat.
13. Keeping the same face up, turn the sheet end for end again. When positioned as shown, the extra flaps will be along the right edge.
14. Repeat the previous step on this end of the paper. Fold the upper right corner down to form a new crease as before. The left end of the new crease should be as far as the flap will allow. Unfold the crease when finished.
15. Repeat as before by folding the other corner down to make a mirror image of the previous fold. Open the crease after folding it tightly.
16. As before, create a new crease by pulling the top layer up at the point where the two previous creases meet the top edge. A new crease across the top flap will form as the paper opens. Make sure to push the layers down flat.
17. Turn the paper over again. When positioned properly, the extra flaps are on the left side.
18. Make a new tab by folding all the layers which form a small square at the lower left. The layer beneath the top layer already has a crease in the right plane.
19. Do the same thing at the end of the paper. Make a new tab by folding all the layers which form a small square at the upper left. The layer beneath the top layer already has a crease in the right place.
20. Fold the entire flap which has the two square tabs just created over to the right. Make this crease as tight as possible.
21. Turn the plane over now end for end keeping the newly folded flaps on the left side.
22. Fold the craft exactly in half by bringing the top edge down to the bottom. Be sure to line up all the edges and make a nice sharp crease.
23. Reposition so that the newest crease is along the bottom edge. The side with all the flaps and layers is to the right.
24. Make the first main wing fold by making a new crease about two finger widths above the bottom edge. This crease should be parallel with the bottom edge.
25. Make another new crease by bringing up the bottom edge. This crease should be parallel to the bottom edge and go through the existing crease in the triangular flap.
26. Turn the plane over from right to left. The flaps and layers are now on the left side.
27. Make the second main wing crease by bringing down the top edge. This crease should match the one beneath it exactly. Make sure to line up all the edges and make a tight crease.
28. Bring up the bottom edge as before to make a new crease. This crease should be parallel to the bottom edge and go through an existing crease in the triangular flap.
29. Open the plane and adjust all the angles so both sides are identical. The wings should be flat to slightly downward in dihedral angle. The vertical stabilizers should be straight, even, and vertical when the craft relaxes during flight.
HOW TO THROW - Throw moderate hard depending on the type of flight. This craft flies very straight and is capable of astonishing maneuvers depending on how hard it is thrown. Throw gently for long straight glides. Throw hard at a sideways angle for looping and acrobatics.
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