Introduction: How to Make the StratoEagle Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and simple, the StratoEagle is an excellent paper airplane developed from the Eaglet that can fly far at high or low speeds, depending on its operator's desires. The blunt shape of its nose and its excellent handling characteristics make it an excellent interim aircraft for aviators transitioning from slower airplanes like the Super Shark or Dagger to faster types such as the Viper, Vigilante or Vulcan.
TAA USAF Designation: F266-1
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Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors (additional control surfaces/advanced models)
Step 2: Length and Leading Edge Folding
Fold your paper in half length-wise. Then make a mark 1 inch above the center crease along the front of paper. Then pull the paper down so that the crease stretches from the mark you just made and the corner of the paper on the other side. Repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Tucking the Paper and Nose Folding
From its previous layout, open the paper. Then fold the paper in, one layer over another. Then pull the nose back so its tip touches the trailing edge of the wing.
Step 4: Nose and Wing Folding
Fold the nose forward as shown to the crease you made in the previous step, then crease this new fold too. Once you have done this, pull the paper further forward and meet the first crease with the second. Once you have done this, fold the tip of the nose down to the first crease. Fold the paper in half along its center and use your ruler to make a mark 1 inch above the center line at the trailing edge. Fold the wings down and crease to make the wing roots at this point. Be sure to align the trailing edges of the wings with that of the fuselage to maintain an angle of incidence of 0 degrees.
Step 5: Winglet Folding and Taping
Unfold the two wings. Then use your ruler and pencil to find and mark 1 inch in from the wingtips in on each side. Then pull the wingtips inward and align their trailing edges with those of the wing. Then make creases at the marks. Once both winglets are folded, unfold them and flip the airframe over. Tape your StratoEagle at its front, leading edges, back and across its wing root near the trailing edge.
Step 6: Flight
Like the Eaglet from which it was derived, the StratoEagle is a fast, stable paper airplane. For a slow flight, a moderate throw at neutral or negative attitude is necessary (though this can change if additional surfaces have been applied). For a fast flight, a quick throw at any attitude is required. Additional surfaces that can be applied to this airplane include flaps, slats, elevators, ailerons, elevons, airbrakes, and rudders. Enjoy!