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How To Make The SkyCharger Paper Airplane

Meant for flights in high winds and other stunts, the SkyCharger is a relatively small paper airplane with high wing loading. It is very stable and is easily capable of exciting thrill-filled flights.

I developed the SkyCharger from my recent SkyHammerhead in response to the warm reception by the viewers of Instructables to the original Charger, which I felt had never been followed up on. Like the Charger and its parent design, the Hammerhead, there is great commonality between the SkyHammerhead and the SkyCharger--to the point where the former can be converted into the latter at any time during or after construction.

For those converting an existing SkyHammerhead, proceed to here.

Educators could easily use this paper airplane to demonstrate:
  • Glide ratio
  • Hangtime versus other aircraft
  • Weight and balance
  • Flight dynamics
TAA USAF Designation: UA165-1
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
or
1 Prebuilt SkyHammerhead

Optional:
Ruler
Scissors
Pencil

Step 2: Length, Fourth And Corner Folding

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Fold your paper in half length-wise. Proceed to do this again so the paper will be divided into 4 tall but skinny sections. Pull the corners of the paper inwards to the fourth folds. Once you've done this on each side, flip the paper over and pull these folds toward the center crease until they meet.

Step 3: Canard Fold Preparation

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From its previous position, flip the paper over so its "clean" side is facing upwards. Fold the nose back to the trailing edge on the other side of the paper. The flip the paper over and pull the blunt section of paper in towards the center. Once you've made these folds, open them back up. Then fold their edges into this crease. Then fold them down again as shown.
whoohoo11 months ago
my skyhammerhead wouldn't fly so i made it a skycharger. it rocks!