Introduction: How to Make the Strike Ultraceptor Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and small, the Strike Ultraceptor is an improved variant of the Ultraceptor with redesigned canards akin to those of the HelioVulcan. With its new canard configuration, the aircraft is optimized as an interceptor to an even greater degree than its predecessors.

Development of the Strike Ultraceptor came about as a result of developments in the Vulcan family. The Ultraceptor family features a comparable canard design; therefore, when modifications were designed for the Vulcan I decided to apply similar changes to the Ultraceptor's canards. The resulting design became the Strike Ultraceptor. The aircraft proved to be superior to as an interceptor (but not as forgiving) in flight testing. The aircraft proved itself a capable design, but one that requires great precision to fly.

TAA USAF Desination: F300-3

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper

Tape

Pencil

Ruler

Optional:

Scissors

Step 2: Width and Canard Folding

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Fold the paper in half along its width. Then on one of the halves, fold the corner down to the center fold. Then repeat on the other side. Once the creases have been established, unfold each. Then fold the paper folds into themselves as shown. Then fold again. Once this is finished, unfold the paper. Pull the corner folds over the center crease and allow them to remain there. Unfold and then pull the outer edge into the crease you made with the previous fold. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Airfoil and Canard Folding

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Pull the paper of the previous fold back to align the former leading edge with the crease made by that same fold. Perform this on both sides. After doing this, unfold this, then pull the crease that has resulted into the first crease. Refold the paper along the original crease on each side. After doing this, pull the paper back over the center crease on each side. Pull the tip of the nose backward so the apexes of the diamond are the tips of the fold. Line up the folds to find the rear edge of the nose fold; pull what overhangs forward again. After all of this is finished, tuck the paper into the nose as pictured.

Step 4: Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding; Taping

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Fold the aircraft in half, then fold the canards down. After the canards are folded, fold the wings immediately above them. Align the trailing edges with those of the fuselage to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Pull the wingtips toward the fuselage. To keep them parallel, align the straight edges on the dorsal surface with those of the rest of the wing's trailing edge and fold, creasing at the tip of the winglet as shown. Tape at the front, back, across the wing roots near the rear and behind the canards as noted.

Step 5: Flight

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Owing to its great commonality with the original Ultraceptor, the Strike Ultraceptor shares most of its flight characteristics. The Strike Ultraceptor can be launched at a negative, neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speed. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, and canard trim. Enjoy!

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