The origins of the Super Orion trace immediately back to the Orion itself. When the Orion was posted, it become very popular as a warm reception greeted it. When I saw how well-liked it had become, I realized a successor was needed. When I began the design phase for this successor, I decided it would be smaller than the original Orion, and have a more sleek, swept empennage. Over time, the prototypes progressively shrank, and the overall size decreased. In the end, the Super Orion was indeed substantially smaller than the original Orion.
Just like the original, the Super Orion is very adaptable, and is suitable for use as a fighter-interceptor, research testbed, and stunt airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D180-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (2 boxes in length by 3 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 1 box eliminated every 3 boxes away from the fuselage). Half of a box in from the wingtip, make a dotted line parallel to the wingtip. Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches