Introduction: How to Make the JetVulcan Paper Airplane

Fast, long range and versatile, the JetVulcan is a refined development of the AstroVulcan with structural modifications to enable faster, longer flights; these alterations were originally designed for the HelioVulcan. The JetVulcan is comparable but simpler than other Vulcan variants like the CosmoVulcan, due to fewer "eyeball" folds.

The JetVulcan's design takes greatly after that of the AstroVulcan and retains the latter's wing planform. To improve performance, I decided to implement the structural changes I had on previous models. This augmentation improved the aircraft's handling considerably. Visually, the aircraft changed most obviously from its basis in the reduction of its canards' size, though keen observers may also note the "chin" lock fold the aircraft gained. Flight testing went well for the aircraft and as with previous Vulcan variants, it had no problems proving itself capable in these trials.

TAA USAF Designation: F292-21

Step 1: Materials

Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper

Tape

Pencil

Ruler

Optional:

Scissors (for additional surfaces only)

Step 2: Length, Corner and Airfoil Folding

Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold their creases into the center. Unfold the paper, then fold the edges into the creases you have made with the previous folds. After doing this, fold the corners of the paper down on each side, as shown. After this, fold the creases of these folds down over top of themselves. Continue to fold the paper along existing creases until your paper matches the last photograph to create the airfoils.

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 apexes of the diamond; then tuck the edges of the paper underneath the other layers as shown after pulling the overhanging portion back forward.

After completing the canard folding, fold the blunt tip of the nose back to the trailing edge of the paper and crease. Measure 1 inch from this crease along the center crease of the paper and make a mark. Pull the nose back forward but stop at the mark and crease. Keep the crease straight by aligning the center crease with itself. After doing this, bend the corners of this fold inward as shown.

Step 4: Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding; Taping

Fold your paper airplane in half along its center. Fold the canards down as shown, aligning its leading edge with the fuselage to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Measure 1 inch upwards along the trailing edge from the center crease and 1 inch inwards from the wingtip along the trailing edge. Once you have done this, fold the wings down at the 1 inch mark you made previously. After this has been completed, fold each winglet at the 1 inch point you made previously. After the winglets are made, apply tape where designated. This will complete your JetVulcan.

Step 5: Flight

Shaped similar to many of the other variants of the Vulcan family, the JetVulcan performs very much the same. The JetVulcan should be launched at a neutral or positive attitude at a moderate to high speed. Additional applicable surfaces include elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!

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Pranjal Singh (author)2015-01-09

Wow! So innovative.

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sfaust2 (author)2015-01-08

I made it, I used A4 paper (210 mm × 280 mm or 8.27 in × 11.02 in) but it still flies really well, just looks slightly different.

I will post with photos when I have some daylight!

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fred3655 (author)2015-01-02

Looks like those funny attempts at airplanes from the 1890s. Has that "If I don't kill myself I'll be the first man to fly" kitsch.

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While the JetVulcan and its predecessors may look like aircraft of the primordial era, it flies quite well in actuality.

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