Introduction: How to Make the Skywarrior Paper Airplane

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The Skywarrior is a fast, long range and overall very large paper airplane that uses the airframes of two simple airplanes together. I consider this airplane as the paper equivalent of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.

TAA USAF Designation: A68-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
2 Pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Ruler
Scissors
Optional:
Pencil

Step 2: Length and Corner Folding on the First Airframe

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Begin by folding one piece of paper in half length-wise. Then pull the corners into the center.

Step 3: Sweep Folding

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Fold the corner folds down to the center again. Do this on both sides. Proceed to then reverse the folding at the center line so that the aerodynamiclly "clean" is on the outside.

Step 4: Length and Corner Folding on the Second Airframe

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Begin by folding one piece of paper in half length-wise. Then pull the corners into the center. Once both corners are folded into the center, reverse the center fold so the aerodynamically "clean"

Step 5: Merge and Tape the Two Airframes

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Push the second airframe up to the back of the airfoil of the first airframe. Fold the two up along the center with the clean sides remaining outward. Tape the papers together on the underside where they meet, at the wingtips and center.  

Step 6: Fold the Nose and Wings

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Spread the paper open and then pull the nose back 2 inches from the "dirty" side to the "clean" side. From here, fold the wings down from about 1 inch above the center fold. Make the wings' trailing edges parallel the fuselage's rear so that there is no angle of incidence.  

Step 7: Cut and Fold Your Winglets

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About half way along the length of the wingtips, make a cut about 3/4 of an inch into the wing. Proceed to then fold the front winglets up above the wing and the rear winglets under the wing.

Step 8: Taping

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The final taping of your Skywarrior is very simple. Tape the front and back of the fuselage together.

Step 9: Flight

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The Skywarrior is a larger paper airplane that weighs twice as much as most paper airplanes. Because of its large wing though, wing loading is low and stalls are not a problem until very low speeds. To compensate for this, throw the aircraft fairly fast. In flight, the Skywarrior is extremely stable with its over-under winglet arrangement. Enjoy!

Comments

irontom53 (author)2011-07-05

this is great for two reasons: 1 if uthrow it reely smooth it will literally float along and 2 if you launch this mofo as hard as possible it climbs insane aha ;)

Thanks, the Skywarrior is a plane I am quite pleased with. Even with nearly 50 planes having followed it, its still the biggest, and among the best planes I've ever designed.

jpigganto (author)2011-07-01

hey can you make like a video tutorial so that it is much easier to follow.....thnks

Right now I am unable to make motion videos, sorry. However, I can still help if given a few bits of info on your situation. Is it this specific step what you need help with? Or are several steps confusing you in making the Skywarrior?

glenngarf (author)2010-12-13

Cool plane! Very substantial, and flies pretty straight and true...it rises a little for me, but I may not have made the wings precisely parallel. Can't wait to teach my kids!

Excellent to hear--this airplane has been quite impressive for me too. With as much wing area as this aircraft has, it will probably climb after launch. I hope you and your family enjoy this and thanks for subscribing!  

Wyattr55123 (author)2012-07-26

Try making some weapons for it (firecrackers in stiff tubes)

Systems similar to the ones you describe have been developed and deployed. However, at this time I have no intentions of making them public, due to safety concerns.

Lil C (author)2012-01-14

i don't get step 6 at all please help

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)Lil C2012-01-14

The tip of the nose is pulled straight back two inches. Once this is finished, you fold the airplane in half and the mark 1 inch above this fold at the rear. Then you fold the wings down, aligning them with the mark and the trailing edge of the fuselage.

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