Largest paper airplane: Arizona Museum sets world record (Video)
TUCSON, AZ, USA--The Pima Air & Space Museum launched a 45-foot long airplane paper airplane
which glided at about 100 mph for 7 to 10 seconds before falling to the ground
- setting the new world record for the Largest paper airplane,
according to World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
The Guinness world record for the Highest altitude paper plane launch was set by a team of British space enthusiasts who launched a paper aeroplane into space from a helium balloon at an altitude of 89,591 feet (27,307.39 m) or 17 miles above the earth's surface. The plane, Vulture 1, had a wingspan of three feet, was made of paper straws, covered in paper and it took a year to construct.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most paper aircraft launched simultaneously: 12,672, organised by REALIZAR IMPACT MARKETING and FC PORTO at the Dragao Stadium, Porto, Portugal.
The Great Paper Airplane Project by the PIMA Air & Space Museum in Tuscon set out to make aviation history by constructing a nearly 14-metre-long paper airplane that would actually take off.
A helicopter pulled the plane to a height of 1,524 m and then released it so it could cruise high above the desert.
The flight team included, lead engineer Art Thompson, credited for the concept and development of the B2 Stealth Bomber among other aircrafts, and 12-year old Arturo Valdenegro, who won a paper-plane fly-off in January.
"A couple months ago, hundreds of kids came to the museum to show us what paper airplane flying was all about," the organization said on their website.
"And now, inspired by their enthusiasm, we built a 45-foot paper airplane (quite possibly the largest ever constructed) and flew it."