Introduction: How to Make the AeroDelta Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and stealthy, the AeroDelta is an extremely easy to make but capable flying wing paper airplane, meant to complement the older and more complex Omniwingfamily. The AeroDelta has been specifically designed to not require cutting or measurement with a ruler to maximize simplicity.
The concept of a simple flying wing like the AeroDelta is not a new one; it is one I have been asked to and have pursued for quite some time. While I was pleased by the Marauderit was complex in its need for scissors to cut its fins. Although the Super OmniDelta was a good performer, its lack of vertical fins make it more tricky for less experienced origami aviators to handle. To address this, I resolved in past weeks to design a flying wing aircraft that was both simple to make and to fly. When the design was prototyped in mid-April 2014, it proved itself quickly and was ready for publication by the end of the month--testament to its simplicity and capability.
TAA USAF Designation: F312-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Step 2: Length, Width and Corner Folding
Fold your paper in half along its length, then in half along its width. While it is folded in half along its width, fold the corners of the paper toward the center. Along the crease made by the length half fold, pull the tip of the nose back to the trailing edge opposite of the airfoil side. Then fold the corners inward again as shown. Undo this last set of folds, then the set that preceded it.
Step 3: Airfoil and Counterweight Folding
Pull the folds of the paper near the center line to the leading edges of the wings as shown, then align the tip of the pocket with the trailing edge and flatten the paper, making crisp creases at all folds in the paper. After this is done, pull the paper inward as shown and flatten it. Repeat on the other side, then pull the rear triangular tip forward over the folds.
Step 4: Fin Folding and Taping
Fold the fins by aligning the marked edges with themselves and pulling them inward as far as you can without tearing the trailing edge of the fin away from the wing and repeat on the other side. Apply tape where designated.
Step 5: Flight
The AeroDelta has a launch technique similar to the OmniDelta and Omniwing; it should not be thrown so much as advanced in the air an let go at a moderate speed at a neutral or negative attitude. Additional surfaces include ailerons, elevators, elevons, trimmable rudders, split flaps and air brakes. Enjoy!