The Paper Pilot

Design 1

This is an elongated version of Design #1 in my 1st book, 30 Planes for the Paper Pilot and it is a superb design. With the increase in length, it gives it a more Pronounced Delta wing, which enables it to perform superbly outdoors.

Design 2

This is a classic looking delta paper airplane, with very uncommon flight characteristics. The high camber delta wing produces a great deal of lift with minimum drag.

Design 3

This neat little diamond wing airplane can be flown indoors as well as out. This design performs best in moderate to high speed ranges due to its high wing loading.

Design 4

With its ultra-high wing loading and diamond configuration, this airplane was designed for high speed. This design is best for outdoor flight.

Design 5

This design is good for just about any type of flight. It has excellent stability at moderately low to high speed. It is easy to build and easy to trim, a good design for indoor as well as outdoor flying – a beautiful little flyer.

Design 6

This is a “do it all” airplane and it is excellent through all speed ranges, good for indoor as well as outdoor flight, easy to build and fly. The great flight characteristics are the result of the LEX Delta design.

Design 7

This design is good in the moderate to high speed ranges. It has a small wing and high wing loading, giving it good stability at these speeds. It is a very lightweight, small sized flyer with great flight characteristics due to its LEX Delta wing.

Design 8

This is a great little airplane. It is very stable due to relatively highly loaded LEX delta. The winglets provide a measurable amount of added lift and stability. This design is excellent for indoor as well as outdoor flying in the moderate-to high-speed range.

Design 9

This design is definitely something different, utilizing a delta wing with a conventional tail and trim tabs. This design is best used for outdoor flight and launched from a high point.

Design 10

This is a design for people who enjoy something a little different. The airplane excels in high-speed flight as it becomes increasingly more stable, due to the increased drag that the tail provides with the speed increase.

Design 11

This is an interesting airplane that flaps its wings in flight, and it never fails to get a smile from those that see it in flight. Somewhat tricky to launch - but very efficient, this airplane should be launched with a slight nose-up attitude.

Design 12

This design flies extremely well despite its simple construction. With its large delta wing with winglets, it is a terrific flier in the slow-to moderate-speed ranges. Very stable and almost foolproof in fabrication, this airplane is one of the top designs in this book.

Design 13

This is a stretched delta that flies well at moderate speeds. Utilizing large winglets, this design flies like a typical delta.

Design 14

I like this design a great deal. Very efficient, simple to build, and easy to fly, it is great indoors as well as outdoors. Three small paper clips can be used indoors and four used for outdoors for better wind penetration.

Design 15

This interesting design has an inverted V tail located under the trailing edge of the delta wing (note the photograph at the end of the construction steps). This very sweet flying airplane is excellent for windy outdoor flying from a high launching point.

Design 16

This design utilizes winglets, which makes it slightly more efficient and more stable than #15. It is basically the same design as #15, except for a slightly higher wing loading and the addition of winglets which makes it a better choice of the two for flying off a high point in windy conditions.

Design 17

This is a conventional swept taper wing design with the addition of an “M” tail, which provides a surprising amount of stability. This is a very sweet flying airplane for indoor or outdoor flying. With minimal flap deployment, it will provide a very flat glide - one of my favorites.

Design 18

This design is similar to #17, but it has a more pronounced sweep to the wing and a conventional tail. This airplane is good for indoor flying at moderate speeds.

Design 19

Utilizing business cards for wings and the tail surfaces, this conventional design provides good exposure for your business. The cruciform tail provides a good degree of stability. A nice flying airplane with conventional flight qualities, it is good for indoors as well as outdoors.

Design 20

This design is unique in that the main wing is raised well above the straw. Use of a V tail for simplicity and light weight enhances performance. This design is great at low to moderate speeds.

Design 21

This is another personal favorite of mine – and it flies as well as it looks. This is a LEX Taper Wing with an inverted “V” tail group. Strakes that extend under the wing produce a very stable and efficient design.

Design 22

This clean design flies as well as it looks. Very stable, it is great for indoor as well as outdoor flying at moderate speeds. Of interest is the slight tail wagging that occurs in flight.

Design 23

This design has its wingtips fixed to the horizontal stabilizer, creating a very strong airframe. It utilizes winglets that enhancing lift as well as acting as vertical fins for stability.

Design 24

This design shows how extremely efficient a flying wing is, as the airframe does not have any load-carrying plastic straw or tail surfaces, all of which results in more weight and drag.

Design 25

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Design 26

If you are looking for something different and fast, you will really like this cruise missile design. Carefully trimmed, once it accelerates to its cruise speed, it is really quite fast.

Design 27

This is a “tri-plane” using a lifting canard in the nose, a conventional taper wing, and an “M” tail surface. This design is excellent for indoor as well as outdoor flying at moderate speeds.

Design 28

This design is almost foolproof to make, and its performance is excellent. The wing and tail surfaces of this, and the following airplanes, #29, and #30, are faithful reproductions of real fighter planes, and are in the same scale with each other.

Design 29

Similar to designs #28 and #30, this is a very stable airplane that is terrific for indoor as well as outdoor flying in the moderate speed range. With the tab in slot type of construction, the wing incidence and trim is almost fool-proof.

Design 30

This is a faithful reproduction of the wing platform of the F-20 Tigershark fighter that Northrop built in prototype form in the late 1980s. Its wing is smaller than its contemporaries and as a result, it has a higher wing loading than designs #28 and #29, yet this design flies amazing well despite its small wing.