Introduction: How to Make the Ghost Paper Airplane

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A long range, stealthy, uniquely-shaped little aircraft the Ghost is an interesting little paper airplane.This design is developed from the "Stealth".

TAA USAF Designation: A14-1

Step 1: Materials

1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper

Step 2: Length and Corner Folding

Begin by folding your paper in half along its length. Then pull the corner into the center. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Nose Pull Down and Corner Folding

Pull the nose down along the bottom of the corner folds. Flip the paper over. Then pull the corners in again.

Step 4: Preparing Your Ghost's Trailing Edge

Fold your Ghost up in half along its center. Once you've done this, get your ruler and a pencil. Take the ruler and align its mark for 1.5 inches and place that over the trailing edge. Then use the pencil to mark the "0 inches" spot. Next, align your ruler flush up against the wings' trailing edge. With the 3.5 inch mark over the center fold of the paper, mark the 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 inch indications with a pencil mark.

Note: On this step it is essential that you use the ruler backwards, going from the center of the paper (indicated on the ruler as 3.5 inches), to the outer part of the wing, (indicated as 0 inches). If you don't follow the ruler this way, your airplane will not be shaped correctly.

Step 5: Cutting Your Ghost's Trailing Edge

Begin to form the "stealthy" shape of your Ghost by cutting from the 1.5 inch mark on the wingtip to the 3.5 inch mark on the trailing edge. Throw the scraps of the wing away. From the 3.5 inch mark, cut to the mark 1 inch into the wing above the 2.5 inch mark. From that point, cut to the dot at 1.5 inches on the trailing edge. Then throw the scrap paper away.

Step 6: Wing and Winglet Folding

From about 3/4 (0.75) of an inch above the center of the paper, fold the wing down. The straight part of the trailing edge should meet the rear edge of the fuselage. Then, 3/4 of an inch in from the wingtips, fold up the winglets while keeping it parallel to the fuselage. After doing this, fold the winglets back down along the crease to the underside of the wing.

Step 7: Taping

Tape your Ghost at its fuselage's front and back, then on the underside where the different layers of paper converge.

Step 8: Elevator Construction

To make the elevators that the Ghost frequently needs, do as follows. Fold your Ghost's wings down and go to the forward-swept part of your trailing edge. Make a cut parallel with your fuselage about half an inch deep. Then at the apex of the wing cut, make another half inch cut parallel to the fuselage. Fold these flaps of paper up and then adjust them to have your elevators.  

Step 9: Flight

With or without elevators, the Ghost needs a throw that is not fast nor slow. A moderate toss is the type of launch this aircraft needs, or else it won't fly stealth missions anywhere.

If your Ghost dives, you may need to make and/or adjust its elevators.


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