I made a prototype of the Skybolt before the first Crusader was made. Originally, this plane was designed to test the wing, horizontal, and vertical shapes for the Crusader. Each of these were used on both this airplane, and the Crusader, although the latter differed in wing placement and the addition of ventral fins. The performance of this plane is very similar to another predecessor too, the Orion. The Skybolt and Orion are virtually identical in capabilities.
Aviators who enjoyed the Orion are sure to love the Skybolt too!
Like several other airplanes of its size, the Skybolt does have potential for uses in education. Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D175-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
Once this is done, begin making the wings and horizontal stabilizer. The construction of the wings should be started by sketching a line with a slope (sweep) of 5/6. Along the leading edge, at the point where the thickness of the wing reaches 3 boxes, make a horizontal line that stretches 1.5 boxes inwards. Then connect its edge to that of the papers crease. Make sure that the line connecting the wingtip to the crease lose a box of length in the reach. To make the horizontal stabilizer, mark out 3 boxes that have at least 1 box of clearance behind them. The slope of the leading edge should be 3/2 and the trailing edge 3/1.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches