Excellent Paper Glider (The Albatross)

Name: the Albatross | Difficulty: Hard | Last Updated October 1, 2016

Synopsis: This Excellent flying paper plane is in the Glider family. If folded well it is capable of very long, slow flights. The plane itself is traditional for a glider in that is has broad wings to generate plenty of lift at the expense of speed. This plane is a beautiful flyer.

INSTRUCTIONS (Flying tips at the end)


This interesting looking square craft works best with light to medium weight paper. Start with a letter size sheet.

1. Start with a letter size sheet. Fold down the upper left corner so the upper left point hits the paper's right edge. When folded correctly, the top edge will line up with the paper's right edge. Unfold after the crease has been made.

2. Fold down the upper right corner so the left upper right point hits the paper's left edge. When folded correctly, the top edge will line up with the paper's left edge. Unfold after the crease has been made.

3. Flip the paper over, keeping the diagonal creases towards the top.

4. Fold the upper left and right points down so they hit the points created by the diagonal creases at the outside edges of the paper. When folded correctly, the new crease should go through the center point formed by the diagonal creases. Unfold after the crease has been made.

6. Fold the paper exactly in half along its long edge. Unfold after the crease has been made.


7. Pop the left and right horizontal crease up and into the paper bringing them in towards the middle. The two triangular flaps should lay flat against the plane's main body and a new flap should stick straight up out of the plane's main body.

8. Split the two layers of the flap, which is standing up, apart, bringing the two points at the rear of the flaps down towards the edges of the paper. Bring the point at the top, where the two flaps meet, straight down to the center line crease.

9. Rotate the plane around so the nose is pointed down and slightly to the left. Keep the flaps just created on the top side.

10. Fold the right point of the right triangular flap down so it hits the point at the tip of the nose. When folded correctly, the left edge of the new flap will line up with the center line crease.

11. Fold the left point of the left triangular flap down so it hits the point at the tip of the nose. When folded correctly, the right edge of the new flap will line up with the center line crease.


12. Fold the right point of the right, top-most triangular flap over so it hits the center line crease. When folded correctly, the left edge of the new flap will line up with the center line crease. Unfold after the crease has been made.

13. Fold the left point of the left, top-most triangular flap over so it hits the center line crease. When folded correctly, the right edge of the new flap will line up with the center line crease. Unfold after the crease has been made.





14. Rotate the paper around so the nose is pointed up and to the right. Keep the flaps just created on the top.

15. Fold the two long triangular flaps in towards the center line crease. This will form a new crease in the center of the small diamond shape. When folded correctly, the inside edges of the long triangular flaps should line up with the center line crease and a small flap should stick up.

16. Fold the small flap, sticking out of the plane's main body, down towards the nose tip. When folded correctly, the right edge of the flap should line up with the center crease.

17. Rotate the plane around so the nose is pointing up and to the left.

18. Fold the two long triangular flaps in towards the center line crease. This will form a new crease in the center of the small diamond shape. When folded correctly, the edges of the long triangular flaps should line up with the center line crease and a small flap should stick up.

19. Fold small flap sticking out of the plane's main body down towards the nose tip. When folded correctly, the left edge of the flap should line up with the center line crease.

20. Rotate the plane around so the nose is pointing down and to the right.

21. Fold the nose down leaving the two small flaps created previously in place. Make a crease so it is in line with the creases made to fold down two small, top-most flaps (which are remaining in place). Fold the nose all the way down so it hits the plane's main body.

22. Fold the plane exactly in half along it's center line crease. Be sure to line up the two wing flaps for good balance.


23. Rotate the plane around so the nose is pointed to the left and the wing flaps are pointed up.

24. Make a crease to create the first wing flap. The left point of the crease should be just above the nose. The crease should be even with the bottom edge of the fuselage and should be about one finger width.

25. Flip the plane over so the first wing flap is underneath.

26. Make a crease to form the second wing flap. Be sure to line up the wing flaps for good balance.

27. Flip the plane over so the wing flaps are pointed down and the nose is is pointed to the left.

28. Make a crease to create a vertical stabilizer on the wing tip. The size of the stabilizer is not too important but should be about one finger width wide. Be sure the crease is even and horizontal across the plane's wing tip.

29. Flip the plane over so the wing flap with the tip just folded down is underneath.

30. Make a crease to create a vertical stabilizer on the wing tip. Be sure the vertical stabilizers for each wing are the same size, this is important to maintain good balance.

31. Open the wing flaps and the vertical stabilizers. Adjust the dihedral angle to be flat or slightly down.


THE THROW: A piece of tape across the midsection will help with flight stability. Make sure the vertical stabilizers are straight up with respect to the wings. Add no elevator since this will cause a stall. Launch with a soft throw at a slight up angle. Harder throws will cause this craft to stall. If the plane tends to roll, adjust the dihedral angle downward and adjust the vertical stabilizers.


Resources:

Similar Glider Design
Albatross Paper Airplane on Youtube
Albatross Paper Model on Youtube

Comments:


Excellent. Try throwing straight up as hard as possible.

This one flies excellently. The key to this is height. It stalls out really fast if you throw it hard, but throwing it too easy obviously won’t get it very far. I threw this one 26 meters by throwing it straight up as hard as possible. It gets about 10 meters up and then starts gliding wherever. It landed in my pool… But went really far…

DO BARREL ROLL!!!!!!

yep

it flies awesome

it flies awesome.i threw it and it flew to the fifth house.

Works Really Well

I had to make a paper airplane for school, and this one was amazing. It wasn’t that hard, I got it on my first try. I love it!

Hard to Make….

This one is a little hard to make, if you ask me. Actually, I eventually gave up, but I’ll try again…. Just not today!!

I tried making it and I love it!

I love the site you have created. I am making planes for my kid who is 1 and a half yrs old and hope to get him interested in this. At present though, it seems to be too early for him and funnily enough I have got interested and I am wondering if it is too late for me! It is a great feeling to wonder about the laws of physics and then work on a practical project and see the effects of design on the same piece of paper and find a continuously developing understanding of how things fly or float in air! Thank you so much!
-Girish

love it

LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! HOPE YOU MAKE LOTS MORE PLANES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome

I had an assnment to make a paper air plane so I chose this one it’s sooooooooooooo. Awesome!!!!!!!!!

Flies really great!

A productive plane design! This flies long distance on almost flat flight with effortless launch.

love it!!!!!!!

it is awsome!!!!!! it glides about400metersn total!!!!!!!!!!!

you can say that.I havent even tryed it yet

now that i have tryed it it is reallt awesome and easy to build totallyyyyyyyy

Cool plane …

The video makes it so easy to build that my eight y.o. and I stayed up to make it and was it worth it! Can’t wait to fly it tomorrow with more room and time. I remember a design like this when I was a kid and always liked it but never knew how to put this one together. Glad I learned, thanks!
Buzz

this works amazing lov it

this works amazing lov it

That Guy

This plane is really, really stable and flys well indoors.

It goes really high

It goes really high

This thing rocks!

I made this plane with a kid I babysit and it is simple to follow, and it creates hours of fun for the two of us!

It’s really FUN to make

It’s really FUN to make and it is AWESOME! I really like it and it works really great! Thanks for making the best paper air plane!

it rocks!!!!!

it rocks!!!!!

IT ROCKS

it flies great and it does awesome tricks i love it

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