The Bat Wing is awesome and definitely a cool paper airplane to have in your arsenal! I was testing some new folds and discovered this completely by accident. This paper airplane not only looks great and glides well, the wings flap like a bird or bat. Check out the video above to see the Bat Wing in action.
Throwing the Bat Wing and seeing it fly never gets old. Throw the paper plane with a good amount of speed. With the way the paper airplane is designed, air passing through the wings quickly causes it to flap. When the Bat Wing slows down, it becomes an ultra glider and lands smoothly.
*A quick tip for throwing, hold the paper airplane with the wings parallel to the ground. The way this paper airplane is designed, the end of the fuselage should be touching your palm.
When you throw the Bat Wing, make sure the wings are parallel to the ground. The wings are folded with a very strong slant. If you hold the Bat Wing like a normal paper airplane, it will not fly well. Hold the Bat Wing with the wings parallel to the ground, the back fuselage should be sticking into your palms.
Fly the Bat Wing around several times and allow the wing folds to loosen. When the folds are new and tight, the wings will not flap or will only flap slightly. Keep flying it around. For those that have no patience (like me), manually fold and unfold the wings several times to loosen them.
If the fuselage and the nose separates, it’s ok, it usually doesn’t affect flight. You can tape the nose section to the fuselage if you’d like, it will not affect flapping.
This website started as a family project in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China. The boys were stuck at home for several months. Luckily we had plenty of paper where making paper airplanes and coming up with fun activities became a daily routine.