Introduction: How to Make the Dagger Paper Airplane

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A fast, long range and simple paper airplane, the Dagger is a great interim choice for aviators transitioning from the Super Sabre or Mentor to the Python. Its winglets provide both stability in flight and on the ground. The Dagger also has provisions for flaps and slats.

TAA USAF Designation: F210-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Optional:
Pencil
Ruler

Step 2: Length and Corner Folding

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Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold them into the center.

Step 3: Sweep and Canard Folding

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Pull the corner fold down to the center fold on each side. Then pull the canard tips into the center as shown. Then pull the front of the paper over the previous canard folds.

Step 4: Wing and Winglet Folding

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Begin this step by folding your Dagger in half along its length. Then fold the wing down 3/4 of an inch above the center fold, with the trailing edges parallel. Once both are folded, fold the winglets up 3/4 of an inch in from the wingtips (keep the trailing edges of the winglets parallel to that of the wing too). After you've made creases, reverse the folds so the winglets are beneath the wing with the fuselage.  

Step 5: Final Canard Folds and Taping

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Fold the tips of the canard inwards, whilst keeping its leading edge parallel with that of the rest of the canard. Once this is done, tape as directed.

Step 6: Flight

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The Dagger flies very easily and is fairly forgiving. When launching the Dagger give it a smooth, but quick throw straight ahead, or pitched-up no more than 10 degrees. When it finally lands, the blunt nose and skids should keep your Dagger upright and in good shape for many flights to come. Enjoy!

Comments

heavyfire88 (author)2011-05-31

What advantages does a "flap" has on a paper airplane ? I mean in real planes, its ok. But in paper ones.. ?

Flaps lower the stall speed, raise the amount of lift and lower airspeed itself.

Oh by meaning flap, you mean elevators ?

Well, elevators can be added to the Dagger, and are often misidentified as flaps. but I did mean wing flaps. On paper airplanes, the aerodynamics are no different than for a real airplane.

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