In the weeks between the publication of the Albatross and the Orion drone paper airplanes, no high-wing "cruiser" airplanes were designed. Due to the popularity of the Albatross, Dragonfly and Cardinal, I decided I would design a supplemental aircraft to follow the former. When beginning to design the Ranger, I turned to the airframe of the Cardinal and proceeded to develop the new aircraft off of it. Most of the airframe remained common, though in the end, the spars were extended. The wing was chosen for its simplicity and versatility. This wing enabled great cruising abilities like those of the older Albatross. In addition to being a cruiser, the wing of the Ranger is versatile enough to make it a very capable testbed aircraft. Because of this, this aircraft may be useful for educators seeking to introduce students to aviation.
Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
•Weight and balance
•Hangtime versus other aircraft
TAA USAF Designation: D168-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
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 (3 boxes in length and 6 boxes in width).
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches