How to Make the Dracula Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and simple, the Dracula is a dart paper airplane meant to compliment other similar types like the Spartan.

The Dracula during the same time as the Spartan, with the similar goals of simplicity and performance in mind. For the Dracula I decided to rework the design of the AeroVulcan, as that type was capable and its basic construction was relatively simple. Beyond its basic folds, the design was reworked and became wholly new. The angle of incidence and nose folds were changed to accommodate the simplicity intended in the new design. As a result of these changes, the Dracula became a wholly capable aircraft without a need for tape. The prototype aircraft tested well and was approved for publication on that basis.

TAA USAF Designation: F399-1

Step 1: Materials

1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper


Tape (although it may be fitted, the Dracula has proven to generally resist the application of tape)



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. After doing this, undo the previous leading edge folds you made and tuck them as shown. After making these folds, restore the original leading edge folds. Then pull the flaps of the nose back to their own trailing edges and tuck them beneath themselves. Pull the triangular portion of paper ahead of this back as is shown in the picture, then tuck the flaps into it.

Step 4: Wing, Tail and Ventral Fin Folding

Fold the leading edges of the wings down to the center crease of the fuselage. After doing this, fold the center crease up to the trailing edge of the airfoil and crease this fold. Once this is done, open the airplane and reverse the creases, pull the tail up through the center of the paper as shown. Restore the wing folds and then fold them back up with the rear fin between them.

Fold the ventral fins by fold them from their limiting point at their front while keeping them parallel with the wing folds and crease. Once you have done this to both and folded the wings down, your Dracula is complete.

Step 5: Flight

The Dracula is quite docile and handles like most other dart paper airplanes. Origami aviators with experience with other dart types should have little difficulty transitioning. It should be launched at moderate speeds at a neutral or positive attitude. Test flights should be conducted to see what trim (if any) is needed to make the aircraft fly in the way desired. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, ailerons, elevators and rudders. Enjoy!



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