Introduction: How to Make the Skyray Paper Airplane

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The Skyray paper airplane is a fast, long range and multirole aircraft capable of most anything a person would want a dart to do. Being a distant relative of the Hammerhead, the Skyray is an easy build for someone who has experience making the Hammerhead, Super Hammerhead and/or Charger.




TAA USAF Designation: F196-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors
Tape

Optional:
Pencil

Step 2: Fourth Folding

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Fold your paper into fourths width-wise.

Step 3: Corner Folding and Cutting

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First, fold the paper in half along its length. Then, in one of the fourths, fold the corner of the paper down to the crease. Do this on the other side as well. Fold the paper over itself again to make the leading edge sweep span further. Repeat on the other side. From here, cut off the bottom fourth.

Step 4: Folding the Canard

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Lay your airplane out flat. Flip the paper over and pull the top down to the crease below it. Then, flip the paper over again and pull the corners into the center. Once this is done, flip the paper over for a third and final time to begin making the canard itself. Pull the paper open as shown.

At the end of the step, the canard should have a rectangular shape with squared-off tips.

Step 5: Fold the Wings and Winglets

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Fold the wings down so the canard's tips reach the bottom of the fuselage, whilst keeping the trailing edge of the wing parallel with that of the fuselage. From here, fold the winglets to creases in the airfoil.

Step 6: Taping

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Tape your Skyray together at the front and rear of its fuselage. Then flip the plane over and tape the flaps on the fuselage's side together.

Step 7: Flight

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Flying your Skyray is very easy. Give it a medium to high speed throw at a launch angle under 30 degrees. With these launch configurations, your Skyray can easily fly away at a swift pace.

Comments

theswordninja561 (author)2011-02-26

could u staple this? u kno... if u run out of tape

Possibly, I've never tried.



Fastest response ever? :D 

redlizard5 (author)2010-12-19

should it fly upside down

No, it is supposed to fly with the fuselage and winglets below the wing.

who cares it still works

Well, I always think a plane flying as it is designed to is better than one that is not--particularly because it flies better as designed.

kunaisrule2345 (author)2011-03-26

i dont get it

You fold down the corners twice, then you cut 1/4 of the paper off.

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