How to Make the Eaglet Paper Airplane

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Introduction: How to Make the Eaglet Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and simple, the Eaglet is a paper airplane that can work as an interceptor and as a trainer. It is an excellent interim choice for those transitioning from the Turbo Cadet or Apprentice to the Dagger, Falcon, or Python--among others.


TAA USAF Designation: TF7-1

Step 1: Materials

Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Ruler
Pencil
Optional:
Scissors (additional control surfaces/advanced models)

Step 2: Length and Leading Edge Folding

Fold your paper in half length-wise. Then make a mark 1 inch above the center crease along the front of paper. Then pull the paper down so that the crease stretches from the mark you just made and the corner of the paper on the other side. Repeat on the other side. 

Step 3: Tucking the Paper and Nose Folding

From its previous layout, open the paper. Then fold the paper in, one layer over another. Then pull the nose back so its tip touches the rear edge of the airfoil.  

Step 4: Wing Folding

Fold your paper up in half along its center. The pull the wing down, with the front, blunt edge of the leading edge touching the bottom of the fuselage. While doing this, make sure the trailing edge of the wing is parallel to that of the fuselage. Then repeat on the other side.

Step 5: Winglet Folding and Taping

Unfold the two wings. Then use your ruler and pencil to find and mark 1 inch in from the wingtips in on each side. Then pull the wingtips inward and align their trailing edges with those of the wing. Then make creases at the marks. Once both winglets are folded, unfold them and flip the airframe over. Tape your Eaglet at its front, back and across its wing root near the trailing edge.

Step 6: Flight

Like most trainers, the Eaglet is a simple airplane with simple requirements. For a routine, slow training flight a moderate throw is necessary (though this can change if additional surfaces have been applied). For a fast flight, a quick throw is required. Additional surfaces that can be applied to this airplane include flaps, slats, elevators, ailerons, elevons, airbrakes, and rudders. Enjoy!

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    The flaps of paper seen in the first three photos overlap, and then they are sandwiched by the paper of the tip of the nose, which folds down to the rear edges of the flaps.