The Vortex – Tumbling Wing.

The Vortex – Tumblewing

The Vortex - Tumblewing
The Vortex is really an auto-gyro plane also called tumblewing. It is thrown high into the air, and as it falls the air rushing past it’s ‘wings’ in opposite directions causes it to rapidly spin, slowing it’s decent.

A tumblewing is a paper airplane which rotates about a horizonal axis. Its mode of flight is more akin to confetti than traditional fixed wing aircraft; However, several model aircraft have been built with tumbling wings for lift (force). Because it has no need for ballast, the tumblewing design has a lower wing loading and makes a good walkalong glider which is easy to make and fly.

Tumblewing II gliders are one of the most enchanting and curious paper flying contraptions ever conceived. They are simple to make, easy to fly and cost absolutely nothing. Constructed from lightweight telephone directory paper, they can be kept aloft almost indefinitely and tumble along on the updraft of air generated by a large sheet of cardboard (the paddle).

In very still air and with a little practice, they can be steered in any direction, tumbling along at eyelevel just in front of the ‘pilot’. Best flights are achieved in a large, still room (eg school hall or gymnasium)

Folding Instructions:

The Vortex - Tumblewing
paper plane
To fold the Paper Plane ‘The Vortex – Tumblewing’ you should follow step to step the following sequence.
  • On the Upper Left side appears the paper sheet before folding, on the Upper Right Side, appears the sheet after folding it. The left animation indicates how you have to fold the paper sheet.
  • After The folding you should click the button ‘Next’ to see the next step.
paper airplane The Vortex - Tumblewing
  • You have to repeat the previous step, until you finish folding the Paper Airplane.
  • With the button ‘Back’ you will return to the previous step.
  • The button ‘Start’ takes you to the step 1 and the button ‘End’ takes you to the last step.

How to throw the paper airplane The Vortex – Tumblewing

Flying Instructions: Flying requires a large, still space such as an empty hall. The slightest breeze makes steering a tumblewing almost impossible.

1. You’ll need a paddle made from a large piece of flat cardboard around 50cm × 60cm or bigger (at least as big as the top of a pizza box).
2. Hold the cardboard paddle by the top edge as shown.
3. Hold the tumblewing above and slightly in front of the paddle.
4. Release the tumblewing so that it falls away from you.
5. Quickly change your grip so you are now holding the paddle as shown, with the bottom edge tilted slightly further forward at about 30 degrees.
6. Chase the tumblewing with your paddle, walking at just the right speed to keep it hovering near the top edge of your paddle – steer the tumblewing by turning the paddle.



This is the list of all Paper Airplanes in this Category

The Goliath
The Goliath
Paper Helicopter.
Paper Helicopter.
Category: Acrobatic
Category: Acrobatic
The Vortex -  Tumbling Wing.
The Vortex - Tumbling Wing.
The Boomerang
The Boomerang
Paper Airplanes
Paper Airplanes



Jaketoshiba – [United states – Pennsylvania]
Ahh, cool thanks!
Victor (webmaster) – [Venezuela – Valencia]
It’s just a piece of cardboard.
Jaketoshiba – [United states – Michigan]
Cool video. the planes seem to fly the same and what’s that thing you use when doing the vortex thing?
Andres – [ – Medellin]
Hice uno de estos lo tire a 100m. y volo genial xd
Bishal – [Usa – Newyork]
How do you use this thing
Zeke – [Idk – Idk]
Plz make a normal version of this.alot of peoples computers freeze so they dont see all the steps, so plz make a typed up version with the cool pictures with the instructions on how to make the helicopter/bird!
Vinicius – [Brasil – Pompel]
Seriamelhor se tietivesse mais modelos .jaseitodos!
Trinnety – [United states of america – Merced]
Omg this is so easy!!!!!
Raymond – [Phillipines – Dumaguete]
It’s called walkalong paper glider!!
Tra – [Macedonia – Skopje]
Vortex is cool and is prity good shit
Ace – [Phillipines – Lucena city]
How to make it :(
Superboy – [India – Ahmedabad]
In the video,why are they holding a cardboard piece?
Superboy – [India – Ahmedabad]
What!?cutting the paper so smoothly without a pair of scissors!
Suraj – [Uk – Maidehead]
Thierry713 – [France-paris – ]
Good plane very funny.thanks.
Thomas catlett – [America – Hattiesburg, ms]
I threw this plane off a 3 story building.all it does is freaken spin!
Bembon – [United states – Washington]
I thought it wouldnt fly but it does!!!
Bob – [ –]
How do you make it
Depwhiler – [England – London]
Please tell us how to make number 3 of it becouse its awsome
Depwhiler – [England – London]
How did you learn this ?
Lmfao – [Angleterre – ]
Genial !! o_o”
Superboy – [India – Ahmedabad]
This is madness
X_x – [Usa – Washington]
Uh? is this magic

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