Introduction: How to Make the HyperVulcan Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and simple, the HyperVulcan is a development of the Simple Vulcan paper airplane, meant to complement the more complex Turbo Vulcan and Super StratoVulcan paper airplanes.

As with the Simple Vulcan, the HyperVulcan was designed as a response to the warm reception the Super StratoVulcan received. The HyperVulcan's development period was short, as its configuration has almost full commonality with Simple Vulcan. Enough commonality between the original Vulcan and Simple Vulcan existed that I was able to convert a Simple Vulcan (which had been converted from a Vulcan) into the HyperVulcan prototype. Flight testing showed the aircraft to have docile handing and performance similar to that of the Turbo Vulcan. Because the HyperVulcan showed promise as a simpler alternative to that airplane, it was allotted a slot for publication.

TAA USAF Designation: F292-9

Step 1: Materials

Scissors (additional surfaces only)

Step 2: Length and Corner Folding

Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold them into the center. Then flip the paper over and pull the creases of the corner folds inward.

Step 3: Nose Folding

Pull the corner folds inward as shown. Then pull the tip of the nose downward along the edges of the paper. Once you have made the nose blunt as shown, pull the blunt edge down to the trailing edge on the side with the airfoils. Measure 1 inch inward from the crease on the outer side and make a mark. Then pull the paper back forward, and crease at this 1 inch mark. After this is done, open the nose fold as shown, then make the folds as pictured. Tuck these folds into themselves, then into the nose flap as you fold it back down again.

Step 4: Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding

Fold your paper airplane in half along its center. Measure 1 inch upwards along the trailing edge from the center crease and 1 inch inwards from the wingtip along the trailing edge. Fold the canards down as shown, aligning its leading edge with the fuselage to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Once you have done this, fold the wings down at the 1 inch mark you made previously. After this has been completed, fold each winglet at the 1 inch point you made previously. After the winglets are made, fold the nose fold back forward, bend the wing edges pictured as shown and then restore the nose fold.

Step 5: Taping

Apply tape to the nose above and below the canard, as well as to the LERX-wing joint. Then apply tape to the rear of the fuselage and over the wing root near the trailing edge. Once this has been done, apply tape to the canard folds to secure them to the fuselage. This will complete your HyperVulcan.

Step 6: Flight

Having a configuration similar to that of the Simple Vulcan, the HyperVulcan perform in many of the same ways as its predecessor. The HyperVulcan should be launched at a neutral or positive attitude at a moderate to high speed. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!