Paper of record

  • Image credit: Reuters
  • Image credit: Reuters
Date:29 September 2012 Tags:, , ,

Building a 360-kilogram paper aircraft is tough – but getting it airborne is even tougher, as a team led by the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona found out. After several false starts, including the plane buckling under its own weight, a helicopter managed to hoist the plane by its nose and then release it. The result: a glorious fl ight with a very, very hard desert landing. The remains of the plane – small fragments of the nose and one of the winglets – are now on display at the museum. – AH

Length: 13,7 metres
Wingspan: 7,3 metres
Altitude: 824 metres
Top speed: 158 km/h
Free flight: 1,5 km
Landing: hard

Video> The flight (and demise) of the giant paper airplane