Introduction: How to Make the Strike Eagle Paper Airplane
I decided to develop the Strike Eagle after seeing the tutorial for the Eagle on YouTube. The design was very simplistic and similar to the Nakamura Lock. As a result, its performance was good but limited. To remedy this, I decided to introduce several improvements. To improve stability and decrease wear, I changed the wings' angle of incidence to zero degrees and added ventral winglets as outriggers. To strengthen the airframe, the wing structure was also made more substantial. Lastly, I implemented the same nose fold design that had been fitted to previous designs of mine (such as the Nakamura Eagle and UltraHavoc) to enable the aircraft to fly faster and require less tape. The improved aircraft performed well in testing, so I quickly decided it would be published.
TAA USAF Designation: A197-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors (additional surfaces only)
Step 2: Length, Corner and Nose Folding
Fold the paper in half along its length, then fold the both corners of one side into the center as shown. Along the inner edge of the corner folds, crease again perpendcularly, then unfold. Fold the edges of the paper into the corner folds' creases and then pull the tip of the paper into to the perpendicular crease to make a midway crease. Unfold and restore the corner folds as shown.
Step 3: Nose, Wing and Winglet Folding
Restore the perpendicular fold and pull the tips into the midway crease. Measure and mark 1 inch from the center crease and wingtip along the trailing edge. Fold along the marks and align the trailing edges with one another to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Fold the blunt tip of the nose up to the crease of the previous step. Reverse the folds as shown and tuck the paper into itself as pictured. Pull the paper backward as shown. Briefly unfold these flaps to tuck more paper as shown on each side; then restore the folds. Fold the wings down, then fold the winglets at the marks 1 inch in from each wingtip. Apply tape to the rear of the fuselage and above the wing roots just forward of the trailing edges. This will complete the aircraft.
Step 4: Flight
The Strike Eagle is quite simple to fly. At launch, give the airplane a moderately fast throw for optimal flight speed and range. Additional surfaces applicable include flaps, elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, air brakes and an electronic warfare tail. Enjoy!