The Flying Cone

Introduction: The Flying Cone

The design is based off a NASA proven design. It is officially called a lifting body, but I prefer "The Flying Cone"

The official video:

Check out this video of its flight and how how to build it:

Not the plane flew about 14 feet and I threw it at a downward angle.
This plane might not be the fastest or furthest flying - but I guarantee it will be attention grabbing!

You will need the following:
  • Scotch Tape
  • 8.5x11 Paper
  • 3x5 Notecard

Step 1: Parts and Build

You will need the following:
  • Scotch Tape
  • 8.5x11 Paper
  • 3x5 Notecard

To build, just follow the pictures below. Tips are on each picture.

Step 2: Tossing

To toss the plane, hold it by the top fin and throw in a gentle upwards motion.

You can also gently throw it from the nose.

If the plane dives, add rear weight (balled up paper). If the plane spirals, add rear weight. If the plane loops up and down, add nose weight.

And that's it!

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The video, once again:



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    9 Discussions

    nice i think ill make itand try not to cut my self this time damn match rocket

    i just designed my paper glider today!, if you give it a simple toss of the second floor, it will fly gracefully into the wall, unlike most paper aircraft, this has a completely flat design, armed with a wieghted nose its gauranteed to last a full week if built right! anyways i like ur rocket, built it and got in trouble for skipping dinner! woo

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    a model rocket guy! yea. thats a paper copy of a model rocket x-24b. it had a rocket engine in the nose so the cg was well forward for ballistic stability, at apogee it ejected which shifted the cg back so it would glide back. a lifting body. lift is derived from the cone shape rather than an airfoil. very high drag the design was intended to conform to the top of rocket bodies as to launch into orbit and return as a glider like the shuttle. the shuttle fuselage is shaped with some lifting body influence. "hey, you in the back, wake up!" class dismissed

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    hahaha yes. Inspired from the Quest and Squirrel Works kits. I had the Quest kit and could never balance it, however. This model seems to naturally balance very well :) Anyways, I've been launching rockets for a LONG time and compete in TARC (last year I was captain and we made it to the finals). And if you liked this project, please give it a (+) rating and vote for it. Thanks!!

    Great job! I like the little bunny in the background of the 1st and 2nd to last picture. Nice job, it looks very cool to try out!

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