Fold onto your hats! Things are about to get airborne with our fanciest flyers. Make sure to download the instructions as well as the folding templates which you can print with your parents' help. Show them the ‘Printing Tips’ to get you started.
Overview: This vertical masterpiece is a glider of epic proportions. A wide wingspan and the addition of winglets make for a very graceful descent, but capable of withstanding the speed of a monster vertical release.
Throw Technique: Crouch and throw straight up with the strength of your legs, body and arms.
The Jindivik Raptor
Overview: Faster than a world-record bobsled and pointier than a pin, this plane is a careful collaboration between Dylan’s championship dart and the RAAF 'Jindivik’. Warning — Do not release in enclosed spaces.
Throw Technique: 1970’s Olympic javelin style runup (with slow clap from the crowd to get you started)
Overview: With the grace of an ocean ray, this plane is shaped as well as folded. Looking to the future of flight into space, but scientifically founded in hydrodynamics and biomimicry.
Throw Technique: A slow basketball style free-throw flick using two fingers shaped like a ‘V’. Thrown fast or slow for different effects.
Overview: Fast and proud, the leader of the pack, but something subtle about the shapes and final folds.
Throw Technique: Released with power, but also with grace and finesse. It’s sharp and fast, but glides if called to.
Overview: The perfect proportions of time old classics, refined to fly in circles. The Boomerang can return to you, but sometimes never comes back.
Throw Technique: An angled throw to the left or right — with a twist for good measure.
Overview: Somewhat quieter than our feathered friends, this fiddly fold is worth the trouble. The ‘crest’ is designed for direction, but doesn’t it look great all the same?
Throw Technique: Soft and gentle, or erratic and crazy — just like the real birds in flight.
The Sea Rover
Overview: Formed from photos from the Centenary archives, the ‘Sunderland Sea Rover’ is a fascinating sight, although maybe don’t get this one wet like the real water-landing masters.
Throw Technique: Who knows where this could take us but try for a double-trouble, two planes are better than one and, who knows, they might cross paths in flight.
The Long-Nose Lincoln
Overview: This crazy flyer comes as ‘reversible’ with a popped or spoonbill style nose. Just like the ‘all-rounder’ that inspired it, this plane has many tricky secrets.
Throw Technique: Best thrown wearing sunglasses whilst playing Kenny Loggins ‘Dangerzone’ — Ask your Mum or Dad, they know!
Helicopter / Autogyro
Overview: Before you say ‘umm, excuse me guys, the Air Force don’t have helicopters’ you’ll be pleased to know they did, but transferred to the Army in 1989. About the same time James & Dylan folded and flew their first paper helicopters with their Mums and Dads. These days the helicopter has been perfected — we’ve worked out the best proportions, and the best places to cut. But don’t trust us, helicopters are for experiments!
Throw Technique: Throw these magical rotors upside down (the stalk first) and try to get as high as you can. Or drop off a high point with the help of an adult — sometimes you can catch an updraft!