Intro: How to Make the Super Starstriker Paper Airplane
Educators could easily use this versatile paper airplane to demonstrate:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
- Flight dynamics
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
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.
Step 3: Nose Folding
Pull the tip of the nose down to the trailing edges of the corner folds. Flip the paper over and pull the blunt tip of the nose inwards. Once you've made the creases, fold the paper forward to be tucked under the airfoils. Flip the paper back over and tuck the folded nose forward under itself. Then flip the paper again and pull the corner folds inward.
Step 4: Folding and Cutting the Trailing Edge
Fold your airplane up in half, then pull the corners at the back down like you did on the front side originally. Then unfold. Then cut along the creases these corner folds made. They should be equal with one another. You can then recycle the scraps that were cut away.
Step 5: Wing and Winglet Folding
Fold the wings down so the wing root parallels the center fuselage fold 1 inch below. Fold each wing down, then fold the winglets by pulling the wingtips toward the bottom of the fuselage while the wing is folded. Repeat on the other side.
Step 6: Tail Folding and Taping
Begin folding your tail by taking the rear tip of your plane and folding it so its top faces rearward. This will result in a tail fin whose trailing edge is wholly perpendicular to the wing from a side view. Then unfold that, open the fuselage, and pull the fin through. Once this is done, tape your Super Starstriker at its front and rear (below the wing). This taping will complete your Super Starstriker.
Step 7: Flight
Like the Starstriker, the Super Starstriker is fast, sleek airplane that can also fly at slower speeds if wanted to. Because of its ventral winglets and dense nose, the Super Starstriker is also very resistant to damage. Launches should be made at a moderate pace for crusing flights with speed increased for faster flights. For stunt flights featuring loops or a half Cuban Eights, launches should be vertical at moderate speed. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, spoilers, spoilerons, elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, air brakes and a bomb bay. Enjoy!