By Becky Samford, Publisher Duluth, Norcross, Suwanee, Johns Creek & Peachtree Corners Macaroni Kid May 23, 2021

On May 26th each year, National Paper Airplane Day honors the simple aeronautical toy that has been around for thousands of years.

Did you know?
  • Many believe the use of paper airplanes originated 2,000 years ago in China.
  • The earliest known date of the creation of modern paper planes was said to have been 1909.
  • The largest paper aircraft had a wingspan of 59.74 ft. Students and employees from Germany created it on 28th September 2013.
  • Joe Ayoob recorded the longest distance flown by a paper airplane in February 2012. His plane flew 226 feet, 10 inches.
  • The longest-lasting paper airplane flight flew 29.2 seconds.

Celebrating National Paper Airplane Day by making paper airplanes is an inexpensive, healthy, and stimulating form of entertainment! This craft is educational, promotes good hand-eye co-ordination, teaches the importance of following directions carefully, and provides a reason to put down your smartphones and get outside for some fun, family competition!

Find step-by-step instructions for 47 different types paper airplanes ranging from the most basic wedge design to more complicated stunt planes at

Or watch some video instructions at:

Fun Facts:
Q: The four forces that influence the flight of a paper airplane are thrust, lift, gravity, and drag.
How do these forces impact your paper airplane?

When you throw the plane forward, this is called thrust.
Lift is a force that acts on the wings and helps the plane to move up. Big wings increase lift.
Gravity pulls the plane down. The right materials create a lighter aircraft that stays up for longer.
The tail of the plane causes drag. It is the opposite of thrust, and it makes the plane slow down.

Q: Paper airplane contests compete for the top place in what two categories?

A: Distance and Time to float.


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