I began designing the Voyager to fully replace the aging Pioneer and Condor paper airplanes, as well to supplant the Albatross, Dragonfly, Jayhawk and Rangerpaper airplanes, among others. To this end, I decided to take advantage of developments discovered since the last drone "trainer-cruiser" paper airplane. The empennage underwent several redesigns for weight reduction and realignment. One of my goals in designing the Voyager was to make it an excellent cruiser--and to make it an airframe from which students can learn. For that reason, I retained the constant chord wing so as to simplify the placement of additional surfaces (such as flaps) on the wing.
Because of its simple layout, I believe the Voyager would be a suitable student testbed aircraft. It may be useful for educators seeking to introduce students to aviation, flight dynamics and geometry.
Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
•Weight and balance
•Hangtime versus other aircraft
•How surface inequality can affect aircraft (geometry/shape studies)
TAA USAF Designation: D187-1
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. Mark out the wing as shown (3 by 12 boxes). Then mark out the horizontal stabilizers as 2 by 3, plus a swept portion with a sweep of 1 box 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