Introduction: How to Make the CosmoVulcan Paper Airplane
The CosmoVulcan was developed from the Vulcan Warrior alongside the similar HelioVulcan. Like the Super ThunderVulcan its meant to succeed, the CosmoVulcan is intended to have low wing loading and better gliding capability than the HelioVulcan. In flight testing, the aircraft proved itself capable and handling excellent. Publication was approved shortly thereafter.
TAA USAF Designation: F292-19
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. Pull the edge of this layer back toward the crease on each side and then open these folds. Fold the edges into the creases as shown, the pull the creases of these corner folds into themselves as shown.
Step 3: Canard and Nose Folding
Fold the previous folds along the existing creases as shown, then pull the overhanging paper back away from the center crease. Repeat on the other side. Pull the tip of the nose back until its tips meet the apex of the diamond; then tuck the edges of the paper underneath the other layers as shown. After this is completed, pull the now blunt tip of the paper down to the trailing edge of the paper. Once this has been done, measure 0.75 inches from the resulting crease and make a mark. Proceed to then pull the paper forward again and crease at the mark as shown. After making the crease, undo the fold and bend the edges of the paper to the crease. Pull the nose forward again to cover these new folds.
Step 4: Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding; Taping
Fold down the canards whilst keeping their leading edges aligned with the nose to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. At the trailing edge, make marks 1 inch from the center crease and 1 inch from the wingtips along the trailing edge of the wing. 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.
Apply tape to the nose above and below the canard, as well as to the dorsal 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 ventral LERX joint and canard folds to secure them to the fuselage. This will complete your CosmoVulcan.
Step 5: Flight
The CosmoVulcan flies similar to other dart paper airplanes; anyone familiar with other Vulcan variants should have little difficulty transitioning to the type. Launches should be done at neutral or positive attitude at moderate to high speed. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!