Since the publication of the Gnat in mid-January, I did not roll out any new "drone-fighter" paper airplane designs. Instead, I augmented older designs which culminated in the Strike Hornet and now the SkyManx. One of the major causes of the "fighter gap" following the Super Manx and Gnat has been their great successes. Each demonstrated excellent handling, and have continued to prove very formidable. The SkyManx is an excellent aircraft that can match these two, with the extra advantage of its high wing to add to it all.
The SkyManx 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