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5 Long Distance Glider Paper Airplanes

Updated on January 12, 2010

If you want long distance paper airplanes, gliders would be your best bet. They are floaters and they can travel for long distances. One thing to remember is that gliders fly better in calm weather conditions. If you have access to large covered area, it would be perfect for flying the glider.

This hub contains five videos of glider paper airplanes. I hope you enjoy folding and flying them all!

The Pelican Paper Airplane

The Pelican Paper Airplane actually resembles a moth. It's wide wingspan lets run fly on and on. Ideally, the pelican is launched from an elevated place in a calm environment. This will help its stable flight.

The pelican is based on a design by H. Riley Watkins. It's moderately easy to fold and requires a letter size sheet.

The Kingfisher Paper Airplane

If you like elegant curvesyou really should try folding and flying the kingfisher paper airplane. You can fly this paper plane outdoors but heavy paper is recommended for best results.

The kingfisher is based on a design by Campbell Morris. It's moderately easy to fold and requires a letter size sheet.

The Sea Gull Paper Airplane

The Sea Gull Paper Airplane has some resemblance to the "Delta Wing" family of paper airplanes. If flies slow but can go the distance. The design is based on a traditional paper airplane and it is fairly easy to fold. It requires a letter size sheet.

The Albatross Paper Airplane

The Albatross Paper Airplane is what I like to consider an "all-purpose" glider. It has a heavy and extra vertical stabilizers. It can be made to float or do acrobatics. This paper airplane is moderately easy to fold and requires a letter size sheet.

The Kookaburra Paper Airplane

The Kookaburra Paper Airplane is based on a design by Campbell Morris. You'll need a letter size sheet and it's moderately difficult to fold. This particular model has a unique landing gear that adds to its stability. If you feel like practicing table top landing, this is the plane to practice with.

The complete step by step instruction of how to fold these paper airplanes can be found at

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      David 6 years ago

      Cool l:o

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      David 6 years ago

      My kingfisher flew like a boss!! :3

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      David 6 years ago

      They are beast!!!

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      john 6 years ago

      harriers are the best

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      camorentttion 6 years ago

      :) :D 3:)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much...grandchildren are growing up and I hope to make these with them one day. Actually, I think I'll make one and mail it to the oldest next week! :)

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      flying 6 years ago

      out of these which can fly very far...

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      Honeycomb7 7 years ago

      the pelican is an awesome glider. it worked great for me. the best plane ive ever made in my whole life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      I always wanted to make paper planes before. Thanks. I only knew one type to make. LOL. I didn't realize there are different kinds.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Cute idea for a hub. Who hasn't tried flying paper airplanes especially when young? Some nice designs here!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      More paper planes, I didn't know there are SO MANY different kinds. Wow!