The Virtual Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off

Thank you to all who participated. The prize winners will be contacted in the next few weeks.

How to Enter

Build/decorate your paper airplane, post a video flying it on Instagram, TikTok, or directly through this site between April 1st and 9th.  

Please watch the instructions from world-renowned pilot Mélanie Astles, and review the official rules below for more information.


Here are some IMPORTANT things to remember when making your Fly-Off video:

  • Your parent or legal guardian must start the video giving you permission to enter the Fly-Off
  • Videos submitted directly to our website (see below) must be under 50 MB
  • Instagram and TikTok submission must be tagged with #paperairplaneflyoff
  • Instagram accounts cannot be set to private or we won’t see the video
  • Instagram videos must be shorter than 1-minute, we won’t be notified of longer (IGTV) posts
  • Submissions must be posted between 9am MST on April 1st and 1pm MST on April 9th in order to count
  • This is not a contest. Pima Air & Space Museum reserves the right to select winners at random and may have special awards for construction, distance, and creativity/design.
  • Your video will show in the galleries below once approved, and may be used on other media platforms
  • Your video can be as creative or quick as you like
  • Have fun!

For Fly-Off questions email [email protected] or call 520-618-4819. 

Please review the official rules for more information. 

Start Practicing your Folding skills

The best way to fold a paper airplane is to folder on a hard surface. Never fold you airplane in the air or on your lap. Press firmly so all creases are made with clean and smooth edges. Make sure your folds are done accurately and with care for the best results!  

Try out these Paper airplane templates below and find the one that works best for you!   

Classic Dart

The Basic Dart  

The Delta




To Dream, To Fly, To Inspire…

Mélanie Astles is five-time aerobatics French Champion at 5 different levels, from Espoir in 2007 to Unlimited in 2015 and she finished several times in the top ten ranking of the aerobatics European and World Championships.

As a Challenger Cup pilot, she entered history as the first and only woman to compete in the famous Red Bull Air Race.

In 2019, she became the first woman pilot British Champion, as well as finishing 2nd in the Unlimited French championship and ranking 7th woman in the aerobatics Unlimited world championship.

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