Among the many jets of its era, the Vought F-8 Crusader is arguably one of my favorites. The Crusader is a plane that I feel was both sleek and fast, two things which for its role as a fighter, impress me.
I designed this model of the Crusader today after deciding to try a new direction in paper aviation; by emulating an existing aircraft type. The Crusader, although not the most conservative option, was eventually chosen with great success. After over 50 flights, I am extremely pleased with my choice.
I believe anyone who enjoys miniature paper airplanes will like this one. It is a very fast, smooth little airplane that looks just as sleek as its real life counterpart. I am also sure Crusader pilots would have fun seeing one of these fly before them. The large surface area of this aircraft also enable it to be put into markings quite easily.
"When you're out of F-8s, you're out of fighters"
TAA USAF Designation: D173-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
Step 2: Begin Construction
Once this is done, begin making the wings and horizontal stabilizer. The construction of the wings should be started by sketching a line with a slope (sweep) of 5/6. Along the leading edge, at the point where the thickness of the wing reaches 3 boxes, make a horizontal line that stretches 1.5 boxes inwards. Then connect its edge to that of the papers crease. Make sure that the line connecting the wingtip to the crease lose a box of length in the reach. To make the horizontal stabilizer, mark out 3 boxes that have at least 1 box of clearance behind them. The slope of the leading edge should be 3/2 and the trailing edge 3/1.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making The Rudder And Fuselage
Step 4: Constructing The Fuselage
Step 5: Assembling The Horizontal And Ventral Stabilizers
Cut out your horizontal stabilizers. Then put the horizontal stabilizers through the cut area you made under the rudder earlier. Once you've put it through, fold the stabilizers downwards. Then apply tape the their upper sides. Once you've applied tape to both sides, fold the stabilizers upwards. Once you've done this, take the 1 by 3 box row you made and cut it out. Put this through the same cut as the horizontal stabilizers. These ventral stabilizers should have an anhedral deflection.
Step 6: Making And Applying The Wing
Step 7: Flight
Like the plane it was modelled after, the paper Crusader is a fast airplane. When launching, a moderately fast throw delivers best performance. The aircraft can be detailed, though too much can result in the loss of the aircraft's functionality. Enjoy!