The Super Orion, which was designed to succeed the original Orion became more popular than the latter. As a result of its popularity, I began to consider designs for the "Orion II" (as it was codenamed at the time) to succeed the Super Orion. In the design stages, the airplane began to take a shape very similar to the original Orion, albeit with a modernized swept tailplane. In constructing the first prototype, I tried to fly the aircraft without its horizontal stabilizers fitted, and to my surprise, it flew marvelously. As a result, I redesigned the aircraft slightly to be semi-tailless. This reduced the weight of the airframe, and thereby its wing loading.
Just like the Orion and Super Orion, the Manx is very versatile, and is suitable for use as a fighter-interceptor, research testbed, and stunt/demonstrator airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D186-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (2 boxes in length by 4 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 1 box eliminated every 4 boxes away from the fuselage). Half of a box in from the wingtip, make a dotted line parallel to the wingtip. Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage
Step 4: Applying the Wing and Making the Winglets
Unfold your wings and winglets and you have completed your Manx!