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Originally developed as a testbed for my paper replica of the Vought F-8 Crusader, the Skybolt soon proved itself to be capable of flying as more than just a testbed. This airplane is a very capable, long range interceptor, as well as a long range "cruise missile".

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
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Required:
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Tape
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil