Introduction: How to Make the Banshee Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and featuring retractable landing gear, the Banshee is a very impressive paper airplane. The Banshee is a development of the Skyknight paper airplane interceptor.
TAA USAF Designation: A54-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Step 2: Length Folding
Fold your paper in half length-wise. Proceed to do this again so the paper will be divided into 4 tall but skinny sections.
Step 3: Cover Folding
From one of the two short sides, pull paper down from the corners to the opposite sides. Along the center of the X, pull the paper down so it overlaps over the other half of the X. Then tuck the fold.
Step 4: Wing Extension Folding
From the bottom of the cover fold to the edges of the rear of the paper, pull the paper out from on top of itself. Once one side is done, repeat on the other by folding it up while the airplane itself is folded in half. During this second step, the cover fold should be folded down away from the fuselage.
Step 5: Nose Folding
Pull the nose down to the bottom of the cover fold. Then pull the two tips of the cover fold into the center as shown.
Step 6: Wing and Winglet Folding
From half an inch up from the center of the aircraft, fold each of the wings down. On the wing extensions, fold the the wingtips into the inside panels of the extension in a parallel lines.
Step 7: Landing Gear Folding
To make your retractable landing gear, fold the cover fold tips into the center onto the fuselage. Each side should then have retractable landing gear.
Step 8: Taping Your Banshee
Tape your Banshee together at its front and back and across the wingroot just behind the front and just in front of the rear. Proceed to then take the wing extensions up to the main wing.
Step 9: Flight
Having a dart shape and retractable landing gear, the Banshee is capable of moderate-to-high speeds for a paper airplane. It is only at very low speeds that the Banshee's handling is somewhat rough and its stability diminished. To make your Banshee fly far fast, give it a good throw. Enjoy!