Introduction: How to Make the AeroVulcan Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and versatile, the AeroVulcan is an advanced paper airplane capable of being configured for many different flight regimes. The AeroVulcan is based upon the SkyVulcan, a similarly well-rounded aircraft. Because of its dart shape but large wing, the AeroVulcan can fly long distances if desired.
The AeroVulcan was developed in parallel with the comparable Turbo Vulcan, which is similarly configured. Testing was rather quick and uneventful for the AeroVulcan, as it retained most of the SkyVulcan's layout. It was found have suitable performance and was put on the list for publication.
TAA USAF Designation: F292-6
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors (additional surfaces only)
Step 2: Length and Nose Folding
Fold your paper in half length-wise. Then pull the paper down so that the crease stretches from the fold at the front you just made and the corner of the paper on the other side. Repeat on the other side. Once this is completed, pull the overhanging paper back above the center crease made earlier. Fold the edges of these sections down over the center crease as shown, then pull the triangular tip of the nose back over them.
Step 3: Nose, Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding
Begin this step by pulling the nose backward until the leading edge of the nose touches the trailing edge of the wing. Make a mark 0.75 inches in from this fold. Then reverse the fold up to this mark. Unfold this new crease, then pull the wingtips inward as shown. Once they are folded pull the nose forward once again. With this done, fold the fuselage in half along the center crease. Make marks 1 inch from the center crease and 1 inch from the wingtip along the trailing edge of the wing. Fold down the canards whilst keeping their leading edges aligned with the nose to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Following this, fold down the wings at the mark you made previously. Align the trailing edges of the wings with that of the fuselage to keep the angle of incidence at zero degrees. After this is finished, fold the wingtips down at the marks you made previously.
Step 4: Taping
Apply tape to the nose above and below the canard, as well as to the LERX-wing joint. Then apply tape to the rear of the fuselage and over the wing root near the trailing edge. Once this has been done, apply tape to the canard folds to secure them to the fuselage. This will complete your AeroVulcan.
Step 5: Flight
Though developed from the SkyVulcan, the AeroVulcan's flying characteristics are more reminiscent of the Turbo Vulcan paper airplane. Paper aviators with experience with the latter should have little difficulty transitioning to this airplane. As with the Turbo Vulcan, launches should be at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!