Method 2: The Swallow Paper Airplane

This plane involves a bit of origami and a lot folds. Apart from its unique flight path, this plane is also an aesthetic masterpiece. Note that there can be many folds on top of each other, which requires using a tough but flexible paper, not your average origami paper.

Step 1. Fold the paper in half

Fold the paper in half


Place the paper on a flat surface in portrait orientation, that is, its longer side will be vertical and the shorter side horizontal.

Along the length of the longer side, fold the paper in half and press it firmly. Flatten out the edge to make it smooth.

Fold paper in half

Now, open the paper and you will see a dividing line down the middle, created by the fold.


Step 2. Fold the top corners into the side edges

Fold the top corners

Fold top corners into side edges

Take the top right corner of the paper and fold it to meet the left edge of the paper. Make a smooth and flat crease. This is called a Valley Fold.

Now, unfold the paper and follow the same procedure for the top left corner.

Step 3. Fold the top edge toward the bottom edge

Crease left

Fold top edge


At the point where the two creases made by the Valley Fold intersect, do a Mountain Fold. Take the top edge of the paper and fold it down from the Valley Fold intersection, so the top edge of the paper is parallel to the bottom edge.

Smooth out the crease and unfold the paper.

Step 4. Fold the paper inward

Fold the paper inward

Use the intersection point as the tip of the mountain and fold the paper inward from all sides. It will form a Water Balloon Base or something similar to it as there will be some paper left on the bottom.


A Water Balloon Base is an origami base.

Step 5. Fold and tear the extra piece at the base

Fold and the extra piece

Fold the piece at the base

Because we are using a rectangular piece of paper not a square one, there is left over paper. Fold the edge of the leftover piece to meet the edge of the base of the Mountain Fold. Smooth out the fold.

Tear the folded piece

Now, carefully tear off that leftover strip. It will contribute in becoming the tail of the plane.


Step 6. Fold one-half of the strip

Fold one half of the strip

The first step to make the body and tail of the swallow plane is to work on that strip of paper that you tore away from main body.

Fold one edge of the strip in toward the center crease.

Now, unfold the strip and you will see the second crease divides the strip into 1/4th and 3/4th of the length.

Step 7. Make a longitudinal fold

Make a longitudinal fold

A longitudinal fold is one where you fold the entire strip in half, bringing together its longer edges on each side.

Fold unfold

Now, just fold and unfold along that crease created when you did a half-fold prior to this step. It will make the crease more prominent.

Step 8. Start the body of the plane

Tear 1/4th portion by half

Use the crease you made by folding and unfolding the edge of the strip as a place marker to make the body of your plane.

Tear the paper along the crease, but only halfway. Start tearing from the side where both the edges meet, rather than from the fold.

Fold the body of plane till torn portion

Fold the 3/4th length of the paper outward longitudinally until the point where the paper is half torn, such that the outer edge is collinear to that point. Do the same for the other side.


Unfold and fold again

Open the fold you last created. Now again fold outward, but this time, fold the longitudinal edge until it reaches the crease created by the previous fold.

Make the double fold

It is a simple double fold. Now, complete the procedure for the other side, too.

Step 9. Make tail wings

Make tail wings

Fold the remaining 1/4th length of the paper outward. Make the fold up to the point where the paper is torn. Unfold the paper to give it the look of the tail wing.

Step 10. Fold the A and B corners

Fold the A and B corners

Fold A and B corners

Now, go back to the larger piece of paper. Fold the corners labeled A and B upward, so they meet at the top.

Bring down A and B

Bring down A and B corners

Once they meet at the top, fold them down along the crease so the points of the A and B corners still remain together at the bottom. This will create a fold along the center.

Unfold A and B corners

Now, unfold the A and B corners together upward, so the fold at the center is visible as a crease.

Step 11. Fold and unfold the points C and D

Fold and unfold point C and D

Now, in this example, the extreme points on either side of the crease are labeled C and D.

Fold C and D

Take the top point as the pivot and fold the C point to touch the center crease. Do the same for the D point, such that both C and D meet at the center crease.

Unfold C and D

Now, unfold both the folds.

Fold C and D again

Taking the bottom point as the pivot, fold the C point to touch the center crease. Do the same for the D point, such that both C and D meet at the center crease.

Unfold C and D again

Now, unfold both the folds.

Step 12. Squash fold the C and D corners

Crease made by folds

You will see lines arising from both the top and bottom pivots coming toward the C and D corners, but not exactly on them.

Squash fold C and D corners

Now, pinch both the corners to make a squash fold on both sides. Squash the corners C and D in such a manner that the sides containing that corner align along the center crease.

Align C and D squash fold

Press the fin formed by squashing C and D upward.

Step 13. Fold the top portion above the fin

Fold the top portion

Fold the portion above the fin

Fold the part ranging from the base of the fin to the top of the plane toward the back of the fin.

Step 14. Fold the plane and wings

Fold the plane

Along the center crease line, fold the plane backward away from the fin.

Fold the wings

Now, fold down the wings of the plane on both sides. Make the fold in the wing from the corner of the fin.

Folded wings

The fold of the wings need not be parallel to the center crease. You should try different angles until you find the perfect angle suitable for your paper.

Step 15. Fold the tips of the wings

Fold the wingtips

Now, fold the side edge of the wings upward. The fold of the tips must be parallel to the crease of the down fold of the wings.

Ready to be assembled

The plane is ready to be assembled.

Step 16. Assembling the plane

Assembling the plane

Open the plane body a bit to make an inverted V groove. Now, hold the front portion of the plane so it’s making the inverted V groove, too.

Insert the tail into the wings by placing the inverted V groove of the tail on the wings and sliding it inside.

Swallow paper airplane

Your Swallow paper airplane is ready.

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