Fold A World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

A few years back we pointed you toward the world's "best" paper airplane, and while we couldn't entirely back up the "best" claim, this Sky King paper aeroplane is a legitimate world-record holder. This video shows us how to make it ourselves.

Wired's video demonstrates the build from start to finish, but if you'd prefer a more barebones schematic, head over to the Wired page for a nice step-by-step in images. It doesn't look all that impressive when Wired put the plane into flight, but it looks more like a matter of an unbalanced build than a flaw with the design.

If you give it a try, let's hear if you fared better in the comments.

Fold Your Own Sky King Paper Airplane [Wired]


    Hi - I'm a school teacher in Melbourne and I want someone who is really enthusiastic about paper planes and has been in paper plane competitions to come and talk to my students about their experience.
    If anyone has any details, can you direct me to your/someone's email address?
    Thanks, Sophie

      There was an Australian Story episode on the ABC about a guy who overcome brain cancer to place third at the world paper plane comp in Austria. He's interested in teaching so he'd be perfect. Sorry, don't have his details

      John M. Collins, a.k.a. the paper airplane guy, is the Second International Origami Paper Airplane distance category winner. you can contact him via his blog, which is on his website,

    It seems like his piece of paper is not A4, but rather the American 8.5x11"... I dunno if the paper ratio will actually affect the flying distance.

    I tried looking around but there's no print-out template available... (or am I wrong)?

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