Designed to be a larger, more unique follow-on to the Hoverfly, the Hurricane is a large "'drone' helicopter" paper airplane. To my knowledge it is also the first paper helicopter deviating from the standard two blade design, which the Hoverfly was modeled after.
Even before the Hoverfly was posted, I wished to design a much larger, more unique successor. The Hurricane resulted from this design effort, and it is more than I ever imagined it'd be. Although this aircraft had an entirely new configuration, it had been very easy for me to develop, test and handle. Its simple design encouraged me to research further, and eventually publish this instructable on it.
Like the smaller Hoverfly, the Hurricane is designed for many uses, including as a research testbed for use in classrooms. Some potential experiments this aircraft could be used in include:
- Air resistance
- Wing area versus weight hangtime comparisons
- Wing area adjustment hangtime comparisons
TAA USAF Designation: HD179-1