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How To Make The StratoBolt Paper Airplane

The StratoBolt is a small paper airplane developed as a more aerodynamic successor to the SkyOrion paper airplane and as a faster alternative to the comparable Explorer. With very sleek and sharp lines, even visually the StratoBolt appears to be a quick flier. In spite of its small, relatively stubby wings, the StratoBolt can fly surprising far.

The SkyOrion was designed and published prior to the introduction of features such as leading edge root extensions (LERX), and so it did not benefit or even take advantage of these advances. By November 2012, I decided that the SkyOrion had gone long enough without a successor, and so I began an effort to replace it with a better aircraft. This effort culminated in the StratoBolt.

The StratoBolt is quite versatile, and can be used by educators easily.

Some usages for educators could include studies of:
  • Glide ratio
  • Hangtime versus other aircraft
  • Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D265-1
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Required:
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
Tape
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
Stapler