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The Carrier Pigeon / Eagle / Bird Flies Off Your Hand / The Flying Wing
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Carrier Pigeon / Eagle / Bird Flies Off Your Hand and the very similar design called The Flying Wing. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


In China (and in publications by Chinese authors)


Diagrams for this design, titled 'Eagle' appear in 'Zhe zhi tu shuo' (Illustrated Paperfolding), compiled by Gui Shaolie, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in Ming guo 3 (1914).



A very similar design appears as 'Bird Flies Off Your Hand' in 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


This design appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in Japan in 1931.



This design also appears, as the Carrier Pigeon, in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965.


In Europe and the Americas


A very similar design for a 'Flying Wing' appears in 'Origami: The Oriental Art of Paper Folding' by Harry C Helfman, which was published by Platt and Munk Co Inc in New York in 1960.