Introduction: How to Make the Super Shark Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and remarkably simple, the Super Shark is a development of lieuwe's paper airplane design, which I've myself called the "Shark" for its distinctive fuselage fin.

I began to design the Super Shark after receiving many requests for "simpler designs with fairly high performance". To answer these requests, I realized it was again time to design a "lightweight" fighter, a simple paper airplane with good speed and range characteristics. I looked over previous designs, and once again found a great performer that had served well the previous Twin Shark. Lieuwe's design was a great platform for development on that airplane, and it was again for this airplane. I believe this plane provides the best of both worlds: very simple construction, and a reliable, able airplane.

TAA USAF Designation: F241-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Pencil
Ruler
Optional:
Scissors (advanced models only)

Step 2: Length Folding and Cover Fold Preparation

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First, begin by folding your paper in half lengthwise. Then pull one corner of the paper downwards to the long edge of the other side. Then repeat this reversed, with the other corner.

Step 3: Cover Folding

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Tuck the paper in under itself. The pictures represent what the paper should appear like. Then pull the cover fold's corners forward to the front.

Step 4: Wing and Winglet Folding

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Fold your airplane up in half, then measure 0.75 inches up above the center line of the fuselage. Then fold the wing down along this mark. Make sure the wing's angle of incidence was 0 degrees by aligning the trailing edge of the wing with that of the fuselage. Then make marks on the wing 0.75 inches in from the wingtips on each side. Then fold the winglets down along the marks while keeping them parallel to the fuselage by aligning their trailing edges with that of the wing.

Step 5: Vertical Fin Folding

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Fold your airplane back up so that the wings and winglets are creased as they were in construction. Now fold the center fin folds down along the wing root on each side.

Step 6: Taping

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Tape your Super Shark at its front, back and across its wing root near the back. Once taped, adjust your central vertical fins so they are aligned pointing 45 degrees above the wing on each side.

Step 7: Flight

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Like other darts with low wing loading, the Super Shark is a paper airplane which can fly at various speeds. For long range, fast flights give your aircraft a moderate throw. For medium range, cruising flights, a fairly gentle toss is adequate. Additional surfaces applicable include slats, spoilers, spoilerons, elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, and ruddervators. A Super Shark can be converted into a Twin Shark as well. Enjoy!

Comments

ked1997 (author)2012-01-30

Dude, I love your planes. I'm amazed on how well they fly and the looks. Just pure awesomeness.

Thanks!

blueangelcat (author)2011-12-14

Thanks!
I made it for my grandson he is 8 yrs old, he loves them, always has loved paper airplanes! thanks for sharing so many for us to try!
Mary Free

You're welcome! I am happy to hear that the airplanes are providing joy to others and thank you for the two patches. :)

More airplanes will be coming soon too! :D

CEWGamer (author)2015-08-16

I have problems with this plane. Every time I make this plane, it always nosedives when I try to fly it. Am I doing something wrong? Please give me some tips for making this plane flies better the next time I make it.

You may try to add "nose up" trim, either by bending the trailing edges of the wings upwards or by making full fledged elevators.

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