Designed to supplant other miniature cruiser paper airplanes, the Dragon
is a miniature paper airplane with long range capabilities. With a wingspan of just 4 inches, this airplane is quite small compared to others, but still has landing gear!
I began designing the Dragon after I realized the Ranger
was the last miniature paper airplane I specifically designed as a cruiser since early August 2011. When I realized the even older Cardinal
was the last cruiser with a wing shape that was not constant chord, I decided the Dragon would have to differ from the Ranger in that way as well.
Eventually I chose a tapered, high aspect ratio wing for its good glide characteristics and higher efficiency. In flight testing though, the wing showed it needed larger vertical surfaces to accommodate it. As a result, the Dragon adopted the large tail of the Super Tomahawk
before it. It flew excellently and proved itself more than worthy of an instructable of its own--and here it is!
Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
•Weight and balance
•Hangtime versus other aircraft
TAA USAF Designation: D181-1