Intro: How to Make the ThunderSpectre Paper Airplane
The simplicity and sturdiness inherent in this design enable easy construction, modification and operation indoors, such as by students in classrooms. 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
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. Measure 1 inch in from the trailing edge along the center crease and make a mark. Pull the tip of the nose to this and make a crease.
Step 3: Corner, Airfoil and Security Folding
Pull the corners inward and crease them. Once you have done this, unfold them and fold the leading edges down into the creases of the corner folds. Once the structure has been folded into itself, fold along the original corner fold creases again. Then pull the triangular security fold forward to secure the airfoils.
Step 4: Wing and Winglet Folding
Fold the aircraft in half along its center crease. Then measure 0.75 inches up from the center crease, and 0.75 inches down from the wingtip (each along the trailing edge). Fold at these marks by aligning the trailing edges with those of the wings.
Step 5: Taping
Tape your ThunderSpectre at its front back and over top its wing root near the rear. Once this is finished, it will complete your ThunderSpectre.
Step 6: Flight
The ThunderSpectre is a simple, easy to fly aircraft. For flights of the best possible range, launches should be at a moderate speed at a neutral or negative attitude. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, flaperons, elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, and air brakes. Enjoy!