In February 2012, I designed the Strike Hornet as a replacement for the elderly Super Hornet, which at that point was a 6 month old design. The fuselage was modernized, while the wing of the Super Hornet was retained. The horizontal stabilizers of the Strike Hornet were too large, so their deflection was increased to substantial dihedral, which improved stability and decreased their area. Although I published the type, I believed that it could be used as an interim solution while a newer, simpler aircraft was developed. In late May 2012, drawing on experienced gained in the construction of the SkyManx, I began to design the new aircraft. The airframe was redesigned to maximize efficiency and minimize weight and drag. When it first flew, the XD230-1 was very impressive, and throughout testing it remained a very remarkable design. I am quite sure everyone who builds the SkyHornet will agree.
Like the SkyManx, the SkyHornet is very adaptable, and is great for use as a fighter-interceptor, stunt and/or research testbed airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
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 (1 boxes in length by 8 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 1 box eliminated every box toward the front of the fuselage). 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 Horizontal Stabilizers and Wings; Stapling
With this done, proceed to the nose of the aircraft and apply one staple in the area of the counterweight as shown.