Designing the replacement for the Super Hornet began around the time it was published. I felt that although it was a capable aircraft, it had several elements that made it somewhat outdated (it had--in fact--been designed months earlier). These parts were primarily portions of the empennage. To modernize the aircraft, I decided to redesign the aircraft significantly, placing the wing further back from the nose and replacing the tail assembly with a type similar to the marvelous Super Manx. With these new features, the prototype Strike Hornet excelled. The complexity and induced drag inherent on the Super Hornet were greatly reduced on the Strike Hornet. More features became available for addition to the Strike Hornet airframe and it became more adaptable than its predecessor.
The Strike Hornet is one of my best "drone-fighters" to date, no doubt. I am very proud of this airplane, and am quite sure many aviators to come will be satisfied with it too.
Like many of my airplanes before it, the Strike Hornet is very adaptable, and is suitable for use as a fighter-interceptor, stunt and/or research testbed airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D205-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 10.5 by 8 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes.The construction of the wings should be started by sketching a line with a slope (sweep) of 1:1. The chord should be 5 boxes long at its center and the wingspan should be 10 boxes total. Then mark out the horizontal stabilizers as 1 by 3 boxes, plus a swept portion with a sweep of 2 boxes of chord decaying every 3 boxes outwards from the wing root. Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches