Fast, long range and small, the StratoGnat
is an updated version of the very popular SkyGnat
miniature paper airplane. The two aircraft are very comparable, but the StratoGnat has a shorter, more highly swept vertical tail and ventral fins for stability. The horizontal stabilizers are also more adaptable than on the SkyGnat, as they can be adjusted to have dihedral or anhedral as well as neutral deflection.
Since its publication in October 2012, the SkyGnat has become one of my most popular aircraft. As a result, I have been quite interested in designing more capable successor to improve on its strengths. The StratoGnat came as an idea on how to improve the performance of the SkyGnat whilst still retaining a large amount of commonality to ease learning requirements. Originally, the StratoGnat prototype lacked ventral fins, and had some difficulties as a result. With the addition of these surfaces, the aircraft became much more stable, even at high speeds. The prototype showed itself to be worthy of documentation and the type was earmarked an instructable.
TAA USAF Designation: D288-1