How to Make the Pelican Paper Airplane

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The Pelican paper airplane is a large aerobatics plane that can loiter long and carry a fair sized load.

TAA USAF Designation: F78-1

Step 1: Materials

1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper
Scissors (for modifications)

Step 2: Width Fold

Fold your paper in half width-wise from it's original 8.5 by 11 inch size.

Step 3: Sweep Fold

Pull your paper down so the end of the fold are at the corners. Repeat on the other side.

Then open the folds up.

Step 4: Continue Folding

Fold the paper into itself as shown. Repeat on the other side. Then fold it down along the previously established fold line. Repeat on the other side. 

Step 5: Preparation of the Security Fold

The nose should be folded pointed up at a 90 degree angle with the rear part of the fold 4 inches ahead of the trailing edge. After this is done open this. Then lay what will be security fold into the inside of the fuselage as shown.

Step 6: Fold the Wings

Fold from the front of the security fold to the trailing edge. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7: Security Fold

Start by folding the "beak" down along the wing root. Then fold and flatten the beak. Then flip the plane so the fuselage is up. At this point you fold the beak back towards the fuselage as shown. Then repeat on the other side.

Step 8: Fold the Winglets

Then fold the two wings back down. Then pull the wingtips up and fold them to a height of about 1.5 inches. Repeat on the other side. Then unfold the wings so that it appears ready for flight.

Step 9: Tape

Tape the flaps of the "beak" down where cited. Repeat on the other side.

Step 10: Flight

Your Pelican is now ready for flight. Enjoy!



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    13 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    You open the paper that has been folded up as seen in the first picture on step 5. You then lay the paper down in between what will become the two wings. This will later create the "security" fold.

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    Reply 7 months ago

    When positioned right, these objects should be able to be carried. (They have to be positioned in a certain way to keep the aircraft balanced.)

    In light of the interest people have expressed in the pods, I will make a tutorial for the pod and pylon system that I have written about.

    The current pod and pylon system ("MUP II") is actually newer than the Pelican, so I will have to review its compatibility. I will do my best to keep you informed on the results. Feel free to PM if you'd like. :)



    Reply 2 years ago

    Pods like the ones shown in these photographs.

    Very few people have shown much interest in the pods, so I have not published them thus far.


    Reply 2 years ago

    They are intended to. The rear pyramids on the backs of the pods are removable aerodynamic fairings. These can be removed to place cargo inside and then replaced before flight to restore the aerodynamics to normal.