Long range and aerodynamic, the Turbo StratoDragon is a small drone cruiser paper airplane with high aspect ratio wings, twin vertical stabilizers and leading edge root extensions. With all of these features, the Turbo StratoDragon has great stability and range and handling is quite docile. The Turbo StratoDragon was designed as a spiritual successor to its namesake, the largerStratoDragon.
I began work on the Turbo StratoDragon in order to design a more advanced, more aerodynamic successor to the StratoDragon with straight wings, enabling better low speed handling. Previously, I had designed the StarDragon which had success but had had swept wings, and was not easily capable of flying at low speeds. When the prototype first flew, its largely orthodox design made it predictable--however, my attention did briefly shift away from the Turbo StratoDragon, and so it was delayed several weeks. Eventually, I reevaluated the design and found it very impressive. Given the noted popularity of miniature paper airplanes on Instructables, I decided it was only fitting to add this aircraft to the fleet.
TAA USAF Designation: D293-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 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. Mark out the wing as shown (1 box of constant chord at the root, a 3 by 5 box area of wing with a taper of 1 box of chord eliminated every 5 boxes away from the fuselage on both the leading and trailing edges of the wings. Measure 2 boxes along the crease, measure two boxes upwards from one mark and make another point. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this new mark to the one further away. From the mark you just made, measure one box further away from the one now connected to the line and make a mark. Sketch a line between this mark and the other mark along the crease. Then cut the horizontal stabilizers out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage
Step 4: Applying the Wings and Horizontal Stabilizers; Stapling
Cut out your horizontal stabilizers and slide them through the slit in the fuselage you made earlier. When through, fold them up and apply tape to the underside; then fold down. Apply one staple in the area of the counterweight. This will have completed your aircraft.